Funding worth £200,000 has been raised to restore the crumbling Ionic Temple at Duncombe Park
The temple, which lies at the eastern end of a grass terrace in the Grade I-registered park in Helmsley, has been on English Heritage’s Register of Buildings at Risk since 1985.
Water has been seeping in between the temple’s layers of soft sandstone causing extensive erosion to the columns and the decorative cornice.
But now the temple is set to be rescued, thanks to donations from several organisations.
English Heritage has donated £120,650 to the fund, with other donations coming from the Country Houses Foundation (£50,000), the North York Moors National Park Authority (£10,000), the CLEARY Fund (£3,000) and the Yorkshire Gardens Trust (£1,000).
The Helmsley Estate will fund the balance of the cost of the works.
Last year consolidation works were completed on the Grade II-listed Nelson Gates at Duncombe Park. The gates, which have now been taken off the at-risk register, are thought to be one of the earliest war memorials to Admiral Lord Nelson.
The estate gardens are open to the public from Sunday to Friday until August 30,