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NIGEL TEMPLE – Architectural Historian


Temple’s book John Nash and the Village Picturesque appeared in 1979. With Sir John Summerson, he became a leading authority on the great Picturesque Movement architect. Temple had already written Blaise Hamlet (1975), a guide for the National Trust based on his Bristol thesis on the model village housing John Nash cottages near Bristol.  In 1993 he was to produce George Repton’s Pavilion Notebook, a catalogue raisonné, based on his Keele thesis, on the son of Humphry Repton, Nash’s landscape-gardener partner. Temple also contributed to numerous learned journals on architecture, archaeology and garden history.

To enlarge his knowledge, Temple amassed a large collection of postcards of buildings and gardens. This unique archive has been left to the National Monuments Record.

Temple was Registrar of Research for the Garden History Society from 1983.