This early Gothic Revival mausoleum has a Greek cross plan with buttressed gables on all four sides. The doorway (now bricked up) is sheltered by a drip-mould with head-stops and a pointed arch. The other three faces of the building bear commemorative plaques under similar drip-moulds. Only one of the delicately carved head stops remained intact at the time of our visit.
Grade II (England and Wales)
The inscription on the Dunmore (or D’Este) mausoleum says that it was erected by Augustus Frederick D’Este (1794-1848) for his mother, Lady Augusta Murray (1768-1830) the second daughter of the 4th Earl of Dunmore, who lived at Mount Albion House in Ramsgate. D’Este was the offspring of her relationship with Augustus Frederick, 6th son of George III and Duke of Sussex; their marriage, in 1793, was not recognised by the Royal Family. D’Este and his sister Augusta Emma D’Este (1801-1866) wife of Thomas Wilde, Lord Chancellor and 1st Baron Truro, are both interred in the mausoleum, but the inscriptions relating to their grandparents are merely commemorative, the 4th Earl and his wife are buried elsewhere.
At risk. The soft Caen stone is crumbling and parts of the gables, mouldings and all of the finials have already fallen to the ground (2002).
David Williamson, Brewer’s British Royalty (1996), 323.
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