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Castle Howard in North Yorkshire is noted for it's wondeful architecture and was the setting for the TV costume drama Brideshead Revisited. We concluded a wonderful walk here to take in a number of buildings and follys.

The mausoleum was the idea of the 3rd Earl and the following is from Castle Howard's web site.

In the 1720's the 3rd Earl announced his decision to build a grand funeral monument for himself and his family. Initially he consulted Vanbrugh, but following his death in 1726, the Earl turned to Nicholas Hawksmoor to realise his dream. The result is one of the finest, free-standing mausolea in northern Europe.

Begun in 1729, the Mausoleum took just over twelve years to build. Hawksmoor's initial design for a cylindrical structure sitting on a square plinth was, modified by a triumvirate of gentleman architects, the young 4th Earl, his brother-in-law Sir Thomas Robinson, and their colleage Lord Burlington, the patron of the new style of Palladian architecture. These alterations included the steps on the eastern side and the surrounding bastion wall built by Daniel Garrett in the 1740s.

Ill-health, and pressure of work in London prevented Hawksmoor from visiting often, and by the time of his death in 1736, the building had reached the height of the principle windows; the 3rd Earl died two years later, and was temporarily buried in St Martin's Church, Bulmer, three miles away, before being interred in the Mausoleum in 1741

Beneath the chapel is the crypt, which contains 63 loculi, or niches, for receiving coffins.The Mausoleum is still the burial place of the Howard family.

There is just a little cropping of the original and some level adjustment.

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