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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Inns of Court

There are four surviving Inns of Court that were established in the 14th cent.: Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, The Inner temple and the Middle Temple. They were set up to provide accommodation for lawyers and their students. They very much resemble the colleges of Oxford or Cambridge with each Inn having a chapel, library and dining Hall. The Lawyers' chambers are grouped around courtyards and gardens. This is a walk through the Inner and Middle Temple which is open to the public but not many people realise you are allowed to walk through the archway.

This is the entrance from Fleet street (see previous blog). If you look above the archway you can see the old gas lamps. Across the road from the Temple are the Royal Courts of Justice so you sometimes see the lawyers in their black gowns going from their chambers to the courts.

Looking through the first window on the left you can see the legal documents tied up with red ribbon. This is how the phrase 'tied up in red tape' originate.

Middle Temple Hall
It is said that this is the finest Elizabethan Hall in the country.It was apparently opened by Queen Elizabeth 1 in1576 who dined here many times. It is still used as a dining hall for the Bench, Bar and students each day as well as other evening functions.

More chambers

One of the many gardens and courtyards within the Inns providing a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Fleet street just a stone's throw away

The Temple church

The oldest part of the church is the round which was built in 1185. The church was damaged during the 2WW but was made good after the war when parts of the church which had been removed for renovation in the 19th century were returned. There are regular services in the church which members of the public can attend.


  1. A place filled with antiquity. We have so few places here in the US that are so filled with history. Certainly none going back that far! :-)

  2. This is a hidden treasure, you cannot imagine going through the porch there are these beautiful buildings and gardens.

  3. Fabulous photos, I love all the temple shot, but I also like the glimpse of flowers through the tree branches.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I enjoy yours.

  4. What a beautiful spot. I lived in London 8 or so months ages back but didn't find that area.

    Re your comment on my blog - its looking over to the ferry terminals at Circular Quay on Sydney Harbour.

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  6. I love your tours , all very interesting and the pics are fabulous!

  7. Such a nice place with wonderful architecture. Very well maintained.

  8. I love the architecture. I cannot imagine dining in a building built in sixteenth century! Nothing her is anywhere near that old!

  9. Beautiful post! Have a great weekend!

  10. I've frequently seen/heard/read mentions of the "Temple" in London, but I've never been exploring around there. Seems like a fascinating area! And beautiful buildings! :o)


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