The concept of erecting monuments and neo-classical follies was a popular one among the gentry of Georgian England.  The Greek Revival temple at Badger Dingle in Shropshire was designed around 1783  by James Wyatt (1746-1813). He also designed The Pantheon in London which was completed in 1772. Like Fuller, the owner of the estate, Isaac Hawkins Browne (1745 -1818), came from a  family that made its fortune in the iron and coal industry.
The Temple,
Badger Dingle, Shropshire
Standing stately atop a small hill in Brightling Park is the Greek, or perhaps more properly, Rotunda Temple. It was suggested by Sir Humphry Repton in his plans for the garden and is thought to have been designed by Sir Robert Smirke. The Temple is approximately 25 feet (7.62 m) tall and was built around 1810.  This circular building has a hollow base that was perhaps used to store food and wine.
The Rotunda Temple has spawned several stories about Fuller and his cohorts. It has been said that he entertained lady friends there...perhaps even held orgies. Others speculate that he held card parties in the temple and gambled with his cronies for very high stakes. Unfortunately, we may never know exactly what went on.
Rotunda Temple,Brightling Park

Photos by kind permission of
Mr. Henry Grissell
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
© Annette Lloyd Thomas 2003
Details of the rotunda temple
Brightling Park Cricket Club
has modeled its logo on the
Rotunda Temple substituting
wickets for columns and
crowning it with a cricket ball.
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The Temple, Badger Dingle, Shropshire
Description: The Temple at Brightling Park to the South West of the House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 3 August 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 292465

OS Grid Reference: TQ6803220326
OS Grid Coordinates: 568032, 120326
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9579, 0.3912


Location: Brightling, East Sussex TN32 5HH

Locality: Brightling
Local Authority: Rother District Council
County: East Sussex, England



Source: British Listed Buildings