Not the one in Assisi, but a more modest one in Hardwick Park near Sedgefield. My third visit in as many months, I feel as though I’m getting to know this country park created in the 18th century by John Burdon a wealthy businessman from Tyneside. Burdon transformed the rolling fields of his estate with the creation of a 17 acre lake around which he built several follies alternating in classical and gothic styles.
The neoclassical folly Burdon named the Temple of Minerva dominates the park which is Grade II listed. It stands atop a hill created from the spoil from the digging of the lake and was extensively restored in 2004.