Temple Bar

I was unfamiliar with the history of Temple Bar which is easy to miss alongside the majestic St. Paul’s, only reinstated at the edge of the Paternoster Square redevelopment by Sir Robert Finch when he was Lord Mayor.

One can see why it was removed from its original position, bang in the middle of Fleet Street, blocking the traffic. Not much room for trucks:-

It was then removed to Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire, where it languished:-

John Seely of Seely and Paget had an amazing plan in the 1950s to reinstate it at the bottom of Ludgate Hill:-

It now houses The Worshipful Company of Architects, only since September this year:-

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