London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
King Williamís Temple
Fit for a king but given to a queen: built 1837
When Sir Jeffry Wyatville began designing this building King William IV was old but in good health. By the time the royal architect had finished in 1837, the king had died.
Presented to his successor Queen Victoria, the temple was dedicated to to the king's memory. Step inside though and you'll see a clue as to its original name: the Temple of Military Fame.
The cast iron plaques feature British victories from 1760 to 1815, the most famous being against Napoleon at Waterloo. The building was originally intended to complement the Temple of Victory (near to where the Temple of Bellona stands now), which has since been destroyed.
Image from Kewís Library Art and Archives © Board of Trustees RGB Kew
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Statues of Apollo and Zephyr used to guard the entrance to the Temple, but these are now on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 51° 28.606′ N, 0° 17.69′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Kew Road and Lichfield Road, on the left when traveling north. Located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England TW9 3JR, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Temple of Bellona (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Chinese Guardian Lions (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Kew Guild War Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Barbara Everest (approx. half a kilometer away); The Queenís Garden (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Orangery Project (approx. 8.1 kilometers away); Victoria R (approx. 8.2 kilometers away); Elfin Oak (approx. 8.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Also see . . .
1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.