King William's Temple

King William's Temple (HM28FX)

Location: Richmond, England TW9 3JY Greater London
Country: United Kingdom

N 51° 28.606', W 0° 17.69'

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King William's 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 Kew's Library Art and Archives © Board of Trustees RGB Kew
To find out more about our collection and the work of our archive team go to kew.org/library
Absent gods
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.
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HM NumberHM28FX
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Date Added Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 687852 N 5706315
Decimal Degrees51.47676667, -0.29483333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 28.606', W 0° 17.69'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 28' 36.36" N, 0° 17' 41.4" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Pagoda Vista, Richmond England TW9 3JY, GB
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