Temple Bar

Temple Bar
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Temple Bar, Fleet Street, The City EC4
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A typical visit to Temple Bar lasts 5 mins (approx)

Getting to Temple Bar

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The nearest train station to Temple Bar is Temple
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Temple Bar, by St. Paul’s The original Temple Bar, by St. Paul’s

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Temple Bar  Check out my London blog for a full review, with more photos and a video

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Temple Bar once marked the western limit of The City, and took its name from the Temple Church nearby. It originally stood just outside the city walls, and separated the center of trade from the political heart of England – the City of Westminster.

The monument that stands in the centre of the road today is a relatively modern affair – the first bar was literally just a chain attached to two bits of wood. This was replaced by a stone gateway in 1351, which contained a small jailhouse on its second floor.

Extensive repairs were carried out by Christopher Wren in 1670, and for the next half-a-century it became the gruesome post upon which the heads of traitors were mounted.

The modern-day Temple Bar

The steady increase in horse and cart traffic on Victorian roads led to complaints that Temple Bar was becoming a bottleneck, holding back the City trade. So in 1878 it was decided to take it down and transfer it to the Hertfordshire estate of Henry Bruce Meux.

A stone memorial was placed outside the Royal Courts of Justice in 1880, marking the spot where it once stood – this is what we see today. It was designed by Horace Jones and topped by the symbol of the City – a huge winged dragon.

The original gate was later returned to the City, and now occupies a place near St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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> Craig’s review of Temple Bar – “Temple Bar is a Victorian monument in the middle of Fleet Street, topped off with a black dragon. It's quite a sight the first time you see it. I still remember sitting on the top deck of a bus and wondering what the hell it was. (This was twenty years ago.) It's something you look at, look at again, and then continue thinking about as you drive past. The next time yo… continued”

If you enjoy this then try: Fleet Street (you can walk it in 4 mins) and Temple Church (you can walk it in less than 3 mins).

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