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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Temple Bar Redux

Shot with Olympus E500
As I intimated yesterday, Temple Bar has a very odd and mobile history. The "Bar" was originally just a chain placed across the road, but Christopher Wren built this fantastic monument towards the end of the 17th Century. When it became to obstructive to traffic in the 19th century, it was moved (from yesterday's location) to be the entrance to the country house, returning to Paternoster Square, just by St Pauls, in 2004.

Read Diamond Geezer's useful summary here and here, or the background here and here.

See where: London Daily Photo Map

posted by Ham at 00:01 -- Comments here: 3

Comments on "Temple Bar Redux"

 

Anonymous NiC said ... (07:43) : 

Most bizarre positioning I always think.

 

Blogger lynn said ... (22:17) : 

Great history, thanks.

 

Blogger Kate said ... (21:27) : 

Whenever I hear "Temple Bar" I think of _A Tale of Two Cities_. Not the best Dicken's novel, but my students loved it after they got into it. Glad to see a photo of it and a little history.

 

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