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Architectural Information
  • Building type: Memorial
  • Date of construction: 1783
  • Architect: Michael Shanahan
  • Listing: A
  • HB/SMR Ref: HB03/12/016
  • 2nd Survey by EHS: No
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Mussenden Temple, Downhill

County Londonderry

Mussenden Temple, Downhill

Circular temple based on the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli. South side has a square-topped doorway with light, carved surround and Bishop’s coat of arms above. North, East and West sides have a large rectangular sash window. Sixteen Corinthian columns run around the carved walls with carved inscription around the top. Domed slate roof with urn finial at centre. Basalt base with rounded arch entrance in East face

Building Stone Information

Stone Type Category: Buff-Pink Sandstone
Primary Stone Type: Ballycastle Sandstone
Secondary Stone Type: Basalt
Other Stone Type:
Replacement Stone Type: English Carboniferous Sandstone
Stonework Construction: Plain ashlar
Stonework Condition: Stonework is in good general condition with minimal evidence of deterioration through some surface roughening of isolated sandstone blocks. Weathering of some decorative stonework has resulted in loss of definition.
Condition Assessment (QUB): 2


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