Glyn • Link
The emblem of the City of London has always been the Griffin (half eagle, half lion), and you will see it all around the borders of the City of London defending its territory.
Here is a picture of a Griffin at Temple Bar:
This 7 July 2003 article describes how the original gatehouse building was moved to Hertfordshire and is now destined to be moved, brick by brick, back to London: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,...
Michael Robinson • Link
Believe the article Phil cites concerns Christopher Wren's post great fire Temple Bar, completed in 1672.
Alan Burkitt-Gray • Link
It *is* Wren's gate that is being returned to the City -- not in its original position, which was across the road where Fleet Street, in the City of London, turns into the Strand, in the City of Westminster, but about 50 metres north of St Paul's Cathedral, close to the Chapter House, as part of the new Paternoster Square development -- on a site closely associated with Pepys, as the development is on the site of Paternoster Row, where until the fire of 1666 was the centre of the London book trade.
The scaffolding is now up on the site and work is starting on the rebuilding -- I work about five minutes' walk away.
Here is a City of London Corporation site about the scheme: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/leisure_heritage...
and here is a site with up to date pictures of the project: http://www.thetemplebar.info/index.htm
I.Mazzara • Link
The "emblem" of the City is in fact an Heraldic Dragon not a Griffin.
You can verify this with the Corporation of London and the College of Arms.
I only learned this on the City of London Guides course where calling it a Griffin is an automatic fail
Keith Hogburn • Link
I know the where abouts of a wine cask decorated with vines and grapes, with etched writing which reads temple bar,wonder if there is any connection, or history.
look forward to any information.
Temple Bar, clearly marked, stands athwart the west end of Fleet Street, on the left margin at 10:00 (S of the NW cornet) of this segment of the 1746 map. http://www.motco.com/map/81002/SeriesSearchPlat...
Temple Bar, a gateway of Portland stone which, until 1878, separated the Strand from Fleet Street. The first mention of Temple Bar occurs in 1301 in a grant of land in the parish of St. Clement Danes, extra Barram Novi Templi. At that time the gate of the City was Ludgate, and the bar or chain put up at the end of Fleet Street by the Knights Templars marked the boundary of the territory under the control of the City, but without its walls. As the City increased in population the space within the walls became too limited, and these extra-mural lands were put under the control of the ward which they adjoined; hence the without and within added to the names of certain of the wards.
Temple Bar is the place where the freedom of the City of London and the Liberty of the City of Westminster doth part: which separation was anciently only Posts, Rails and a Chain; such as now are at Holbourn, Smithfield and Whitechapel Bars. Afterwards there was a House of Timber, erected cross the street, with a narrow gateway, and an entry on the south side of it under the house.—Strype, B. iii. p. 278.
The gate, described by Strype, of which a drawing is given in Hollar's seven-sheet Map of London, was taken down after the Great Fire, and a new Bar erected 1670-1672 from the designs of Sir Christopher Wren.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.
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