Help keep the Doric Temple open to everyone

Temple with close up of buttercups

Membership and entrance fees play a vital role in protecting historic properties and stunning gardens, but we rely on donations to cover the remaining amount. With your help we hope to restore this nearly 300-year-old monument, inspired by temples of Ancient Greece.

The Doric Temple is proposed to have been created by Thomas Wright who visited Petworth around 1744. Reminiscent of the temples of Hellenistic Greece the Temple originally stood on Lawn Hill in the Deer Park but moved to its present location in the Pleasure Ground Garden between 1752 and 1763 under the recommendation of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 

The Doric Temple was designed to be a prominent viewpoint. Today it can be seen prominently from the Lower Path but also from The Gogg woodland over the Shimmings Valley and the Gohanna Lodges. 

Unfortunately over the years the condition of the Temple has deteriorated. With your help we would like to improve its overall appearance and restore the impact the Temple once had.

Internally, the Temple holds a war memorial dedicated to Henry Scawen Wyndham who died as El Alamein on October 28th 1942 and inscribed with a quote from Julia Ewing's, 'Jakanapes'. With your support we could also like to redecorate the inside of the Temple, clean the granite floor and if possible improve the writing of the memorial that has faded over time.

Membership and entrance fees play a vital role in protecting historic properties and stunning gardens like Petworth, but we rely on donations to cover the remaining amount. 

On your visit you can purchase a raffle ticket from the Shop or Reception to help fund this vital project. We also have donation boxes on site for any spare change you wish to donate.