Who was Temple Moore?

Temple Moore (1856–1920) was one of Victorian England's greatest church architects. In a career spanning five decades, he built more than forty churches. They are now considered to be masterpieces of the late Gothic Revival, a style of architecture he raised to a new level of beauty and refinement.

Much of Moore's early work was carried out in the North York Moors. The first new church he completed was at Carlton, near Helmsley, and he went on to build or modify more than 20 churches in the Moors. He remained associated with the area throughout his life.

The Temple Moore Trail gives lovers of architecture and beautiful countryside the chance to get to know Moore and the Moors!

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The Gilbert Scott Connection

Temple Moore's life and work were closely linked with the famous Gilbert Scott dynasty of architects. Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811–1878) was one of the leading figures of the early Gothic Revival and the most prolific architect of his age. His works spanned the British Empire. In England alone he designed 800 buildings and restored hundreds...

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The Gothic Revival

The Gothic Revival was a 19th-century movement in art and architecture. Famous names associated with its early phase include those of A.W. Pugin, John Ruskin and Sir George Gilbert Scott. Temple Moore, together with G.F. Bodley, George Gilbert Scott junior and others, is associated with the Late Gothic Revival, which flourished from the 1870s onwards....

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Vicar Gray

Vicar Gray, one of Temple Moore's greatest patrons and supporters, was a charismatic, maddening, inspiring, argumentative, endlessly energetic character who arrived like an earthquake in the small Yorkshire town of Helmsley in the late 19th century and set about shaking up the place and it's people. From the moment Charles Norris Gray was appointed...

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The Expert View

Temple Moore was one of the most highly regarded church architects of his day. His work is part of the social, architectural and political history that shaped our urban and rural landscapes, and yet his work is not now widely known.   Happily there are a number of sources where Temple Moore enthusiasts can find out more about his work, his patrons...

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