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Farnham Inheritance 1956 Establishes the importance and relationships of the houses of Farnham town in Surrey and accounts for their existence, their form and appearance. Studies the evolution of the town during years 1600 – 1900, when most was built, with over 40 illustrations and an extensive biography

Farnham Building and People 1963 Records the use of each building and it’s association with people, past and present. 32 pages of illustrations, maps, plans, unpublished 18th and 19th century sources, historical and new photgraphs, maps, drawings, factual descriptions, authors opinions and notes. Provides a systematic indexing of historical and other records compiled by Temple during 5 years of intense research

Seen and Not Heard: A Garland of Fancies for Victorian Children with Judith Temple 1970 Designed as a gift book, a collection of Victorian children’s stories

John Nash and the Village Picturesque 1979 Focuses on the work of 3 landscape designers Humphry Repton, George Repton and John Nash. Their talents met at Blaise Castle Estate near Bristol. This picture-perfect group of 9 small cottages around a small fairy-tale village green was built around 1811 for the retired servants of Blaise Castle Estate. The hamlet today, owned by the National Trust and open to the public, is a perfect example of the Picturesque architectural style, an aesthetic ideal introduced into England in the 1780s

George Repton’s Pavilion Notebook: a catalogue raisonné  
1993 For every client, landscape architect George Repton would keep a record in a red leather-bound notebook detailing proposals for landscape changes: maps, plans, drawings, watercolours and before and after sketches. These became known as his famous Red Books some of which survive.  The one described here belongs to the Royal Pavilion Art Gallery and Museum, Brighton. It covers the period 1805 to 1818, has 112 used pages and represents 50 subjects. Temple’s book gives a highly detailed account of the Notebook drawings and contains much new information based on his 20 years of original research and fieldwork. Includes a transcript of every word contained in the notebook, 162 fascinating illustrations of a variety of architectural features such as British country houses, garden structures, farm buildings, cottages, lodges, brew house, dairy and icehouse. Copies are held at held at the British Architectural Library RIBA, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Art Library, London NAL; National Library of Scotland NLS; The British Library, St. Pancras London; University Libraries of UCL University College London, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Oxford and York


Blaise Hamlet Henbury, near Bristol 1978 and later revisions. Visitor guide book for the National Trust

Plant Heritage Guide Book 2002 for Hampton Court and the Garden History Society

Visitor guides to Cheltenham and the Cotswolds


Articles for scholarly journals such as Journal of Garden History, The Follies Journal International: for follies, grottos and garden buildings, Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Architectural Review and The Picturesque

Articles in Newsletters for groups including Folly Fellowship, Garden History Society, Garden’s Trusts, Georgian Group, Natural History and Archaeological Society

Reports for British Council and English Heritage


Prolific writer of articles for magazines including Country Life, Vogue Germany, World of Interiors and House and Garden.   For example Country Life ‘Matching Old and New in Cheltenham’ Nov 1967 and ‘Restoration not Redevelopment’ Feb 1971.  Characteristic of all articles are Nigel’s intensive research, immaculate presentation and beautiful detailed illustrations


Der Deutsch Kinderbuch 1987 German television documentary film featuring Temple and the unique collection of early German children’s books

Looking at Things 1968 Film produced in association with Visual Publications.  320 images each with detailed text. A pioneering and popular resource for art and design students and anyone interested in the observation and design of man-made elements that surround us: various materials, design, townscapes, buildings, furniture and gardens.