Temple Bar Memorial

Temple Bar Memorial, London

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The area
Neighborhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
How to get there
  • Temple • 5 min walk
  • Chancery Lane • 7 min walk
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,000 contributions
The Temple Bar Memorial is a strange but very splendid piece of sculpture at the junction of Fleet & Strand, basically on one side Queen Victoria with a Dragon on the top, worth locating.
Written September 30, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
Friends
Once one of several historic gates into the city now lies a dragon which appears ready to swoop down. We only saw this in passing.
Written March 19, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,648 contributions
Our most recent stay in London saw us again take a number of enjoyable long walks through the city’s central area. One of those walks took us along the Strand and Fleet Street from Trafalgar Square to St. Paul’s Cathedral. As we made our way along the streets, we encountered a number of interesting sights.
One of those sights which we had encountered before during a previous visit to London was the Temple Bar Memorial.
This memorial stands in the middle of the road near the Royal Courts of Justice and designates the boundary between the City of Westminster and the City of London. This is the spot where the original gates to the City of London known as the Temple Bar, once stood.
The memorial consists of a tall stone pedestal with intricate carvings and featuring statues of Queen Victoria and her eldest son. Atop the pedestal stands a large winged dragon.
This is certainly an eye-catching memorial and it is certainly worthy of your attention should you be passing by!
Written December 14, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,445 contributions
The Temple Bar Memorial with its rich, sculptural embellishments is located in the middle of the road, opposite Street's Law Courts, where Fleet Street meets the Strand.

It marks the place where Sir Christopher Wren's Temple Bar used to stand, as the ceremonial entrance to the City of London from Westminster. The bronze free-standing statues of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales, facing the road on each side, are by Sir Joseph Boehm. They are celebrated in this area because in 1872 they were the last royals to pass through the old gate, in order to attend a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral for the Prince's recovery from typhoid. Samuel Kelsey's bronze relief on the north side of the Temple Bar Memorial commemorates this event.

A fascinting monument to where the old entrance to the City of London used to stand. Temple Bar has now been rebuilt near Paternoster Square.
Written September 8, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Family
This Victorian monument stands where the Strand becomes Fleet Street and marks the boundary between the West End and the City of London financial district. This road was originally the royal ceremonial route taken in mediaeval times by the King of England between The Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster. The monument was erected in 1880 and has a statue of Queen Victoria on one side and the Prince of Wales on the other. It has a winged dragon on the top.
Written December 16, 2018
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,560 contributions
Friends
Beautiful monument in Fleet Street right in front of the Courts of Justice. It is the boundary marker separating Westminster from the City of London and the neo-classical pillar is topped by a bronze Dragon, the symbol of the City of London.
Queen Victoria is inset into one side. Well worth a stop if you are in the area to see St Paul's or the Temple Church of St Mary's.
Written August 27, 2018
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Family
Very much a peculiar Victorian style memorial. It stands in the middle of the Strand in front of the Royal Court of Justice and it marks the boundary of Westminster and City of London It is very much dwarfed by the law courts when viewed on the side of Queen Victoria's statue. You get a pretty good view of it when you also ride the HOHO bus (Prince Albert's statue side). I think the signature piece is the dragon on top.
Written May 16, 2018
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,600 contributions
Couples
Temple Bar Memorial is situated in front of the Royal Courts of Justice, you can find the The monument is in the middle of the road ( The Strand. )
It also famously marks the boundary between Westminster and the City of London. The Temple Bar taking it's name from the nearby Temple Church.
I have walked by this memorial many times without realising what it was or its significance. Following my most recent visit to the area I have since learned The memorial is to commemorate the place where the gateway to the City of London once stood. Today, it identifies the boundary between the City of London and Westminster.
The dragon on top of the memorial is the symbol of the City of London.
Written May 13, 2018
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,833 contributions
Solo
A nice little sculpture standing in the middle of the road in the strand. A memorial to mark Temple Bar and sits opposite the Royal Court of Justice. On one side is Queen Victoria and on the other is the Prince of Wales. The sculpture is topped with quite striking Griffin.
Written April 21, 2018
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barklyeast
Bengaluru, India404 contributions
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A winged dragon, mounted on a highly decorated stone plinth, stands in the middle of the Strand near the easternmost point of the Royal Courts of Justice. This monument, the Temple Bar marker (designed by Horace Jones), was erected in 1880. It marks both the eastern end of the Strand as well as the position of the former Temple Bar. This was a gateway that served as the main ceremonial entrance to the City of London on the route taken by royalty between the Palace of Westminster and the Tower of London. The name ‘Temple’ derives from its proximity to the Temple Church and the Inns of Court (Middle and Inner). The ‘Bar’ or barrier was first mentioned in 12th century documents. In about 1672, a wonderful sculpted, stone gateway with three arches, possibly designed by Christopher Wren, was built to serve as the Temple Bar. This attractive encumbrance to the smooth flow of traffic remained in position until it was carefully dismantled in 1878, and was reassembled to stand in Theobalds Park in Middlesex. There it remained until 2003. By 2005, it had been reassembled in its new location, Paternoster Square near St Pauls Cathedral, where it can be seen in all its glory.
Written December 10, 2017
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