I decided to do a London walkabout, go check out Temple Church. But the trip to the church itself was full of interesting sights, so this is a photo diary of the walk from Temple Underground Station to Temple Church.
Temple station has seen quite a lot of custom from me, the KCL Department of War Studies is next door, so have popped in there for many moons to attend classes and meet the professors. To get there, you have to usually change from Westminster Tube Station. And you have to stand on the end of the platform.
Coming out of Temple Station into Temple Place.
Walking a few meters up Temple Place. This is the British American Tobacco HQ Building and it has these two huge statues in front. These Grecian statues are quite impressive, eh?
This is Two Temple Place, Previously known as Astor House. And yes, this is connected to the Waldorf Astoria. It was built in 1895 by William Waldorf Astor.
See this little patch of green? It was originally a dock, the Thames came up to the house before the Victoria Embankment was constructed. There were houses on both sides of the dock with warehouses and inn’s around it. The Victoria Embankment was constructed in 1870.
The building is constructed out of Portland Stone. Its a lovely colour, has weathered very nicely indeed. When they were digging the foundations of the house, they found the lower jawbone of a whale, which the previous house owner used as a gateway to his house. It was left buried inside the foundations..
The rounded shape reminds one of a castle. Perhaps a staircase inside? The inside of the house is considered to be a jewel in architectural and historical terms.
The back end of the building is a bit more severe but still good.
Looking back at the Astor House. Amazing structure. I regretfully turn away.
Two views of the staircase leading up to Essex Street. Very highly corroded, it has iron corners to avoid more erosion. I wonder how old this is? But I turn right.
I am now deep in Lawyer territory. What you can see on the right is Middle Temple. Its one of the 4 Inns of Court, whose members are called as Barristers.
On the left, bottom of Blackstone House, is this lovely looking entrance, on the left is a plaque which presumably lists all the barristers. This is something that is common across all the offices I saw.
So its pretty logical that this would be some kind of a dock structure. Looks like it.
Looking up at the hall. A ton of history is associated with this hall going back several hundred years. It has a huge hall. See here for the history.
The square in front of the hall.