Storrs Temple of Naval Heroes

Storrs Temple of Naval Heroes

The Temple of Naval Heroes:

Storrs Temple is also known as ‘Temple of Naval Heroes’.

It sits at the end of a stone causeway leading from the grounds of Storrs Hall out into Windermere.

Providing glorious views up and down the lake, the temple was constructed by Sir John Legard of Storrs Hall.

It is as a folly to the house he had built in the latter years of the eighteenth century.

As an expression of his patriotism, Sir John requested that the octagonal building carried the names of four great naval heroes in the ongoing war against the French.

As a result, the folly is decorated with four engraved stone slabs which read: Howe, St Vincent, Duncan and Nelson.

He travelled extensively in Europe, but in later life suffered ill-health, including a condition which left him unable to walk.

Hell-bent on enjoying an outdoor life, he moved to the beautiful shores of Windermere where he continued his passion for sailing.

Indeed, Sir John played a significant role in establishing the annual regatta on Windermere in 1801.

The the event remains extremely popular to this day, over two hundred years later.

In his indicatively named yacht, “The Victory”, he repeatedly won against other eminent local enthusiasts.

Many people said that when he dedicated Storrs Temple to the admirals he was playfully reminding his contemporaries that his prowess on the lake was equal to the mastery of the Royal Navy at sea.

Sir John’s health deteriorated and he was forced to vacate Storrs Hall only a few years later.

Nevertheless, subsequent proprietors continued to value the existential nature of this truly exceptional ‘Temple of Naval Heroes’.

Locals and visitors to Lothlorien are strongly recommended to pay it a visit.

Consequently, the last owners of Storrs Hall, by now a hotel, handed the building to the National Trust in 1965.

The general public can walk through the hotel grounds and out to visit the temple.

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  1. Elizabeth Lambert

    I was totally in need of a relaxing break to a peaceful location. The booking and information on the website was super easy and quick with lots of informative information about the area. I thought that this sounded the ideal place for me. The railway station is only five minutes walk were can can hop on the train to Arnside which has an amazing fish and chip shop!! Beautiful coastal walks along the promenade to Grange were I found an excellent butchers shop with amazing pies. LOTHLORIEN is extremely clean and comfortable especially the double bed I had which provided an excellent nights sleep. It has everything you could need to feel completely at home. The view from the lounge overlooks the sea were you can watch kite surfers displaying their skills and the twinkling lights of the coastline at night. The sunrise over the sea was so beautiful as it spread it rays over the sea. It has beautiful, well kept gardens at the front and rear and nearby stunning villages to explore either by car or walking. David and Pamela are super friendly hosts who put everything into making your stay wonderful. I would 100% recommend a stay here, five stars. Thank you Pamela and David. I will be back.

    1. David

      Thank you for posting your lovely review. It was our pleasure to host you and see how you relaxed over the few days you stayed at Lothlorien. As you appreciate, the area around Lothlorien is a special place for visitors who love nature and appreciate the stunning location around Morecambe Bay. We will be overjoyed to have you stay again in the future. Best wishes David and Pam x

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