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Monday, May 9, 2011

Temple Bar Monument

The Temple Bar Monument topped by a griffin marks the boundary between the City of London & Westminster as Fleet Street merges into The Strand. The present Temple Bar was designed by Charles Bell Birch and stands in front of The Royal Courts of Justice.

A pair of dragons are actually part of the symbol of the City of London rather than a griffin.

The Temple Bar was historically a barrier to regulate trade and goods into the City of London.

A previous version of Temple's Bar designed by Christopher Wren is now in Paternoster Square near St. Paul's Cathedral.

Other places to see in London in the vicinity of the Temple Bar Monument are the Twinings Museum, Somerset House, Dr. Johnson's House, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub (Sam Johnson's local) east on Fleet Street, the LSE, St. Paul's Cathedral and on the South Bank across the River Thames the Globe Theatre.

Take a tube to Temple (Circle & District Line), Holborn or Chancery Lane (Central Line).

Temple Bar Monument Map

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