On Saturday 23rd March, twenty-two Guild Freemen, members and their guests met up on a chilly but dry day to join City Guide Kathryn Williams on an extremely informative walk through two of the four Inns of Court, Inner and Middle Temple. Luckily, we were walking around this part of the City of London and not nearer the West End as a large ‘Put it to the People’ Brexit march was congregating at the same time as our walk!
The walk started at Temple tube station and ended two hours later at the journalist’s church, St Brides in Fleet Street. Kathryn, walked us around the fabulous buildings of both Inner and Middle Temple where we spotted the lamb of God symbol on drain pipes, guttering, buildings and archways for Middle Temple and the Pegasus symbol for Inner Temple. We learnt of the history dating back to the Knights Templar in the 12th and 13th Centuries and that both Inns are responsible for Temple Church and the Master's House next to the church, a Georgian townhouse built in 1764. Unfortunately, we could not gain access to the Temple Church on this Saturday but we could hear the organ being played with gusto from the outside!
Our very grateful thanks are owed to Kathryn for her excellent guiding on this occasion and her very generous donation to The Guild of the monies raised on the day.