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Temple Bar Temple Bar Memorial

Monument: Temple Bar

Erection date: 1881

Inscription

{On the frieze at the top of the monument, above the columns, text runs around the whole monument, reading:}
Temple Bar formerly stood here. MDCCCLXXX {=1880}

{On the east face there is a bronze relief showing the Temple Bar about to be hidden behind curtains being drawn by an angel on each side (representing Time and Fortune). Around the frame:}
Temple Bar. Erected 1672 by Sir C Wren arch. Removed 1878. This memorial erected 1880 by Horace Jones Arch. V.P.RIBA
{Signed:}
C. H. Mabey. Sculpt.

{On the west face there is a heavily decorated bronze cartouche:}
This memorial of Temple Bar was erected during the mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir Francis Wyatt Truscott Knt. Under the direction of the Committee for letting the City Lands of the Corporation of London, John Thomas Bedford Esq., Chairman. The west side of the plinth is coincident with the west side of Temple Bar and the centre line from west to east through the gateway thereof was 3 feet 10 inches southward of the Broad Arrow here marked.
Messrs John Mowlem & Co - contractors
Horace Jones V P RIBA - architect to the Corporation of London.
{Signed:}
C. H. Mabey. Sculpt.

Site: Temple Bar Memorial (7 memorials)

EC4, Fleet Street

This is the site of the 17th century Temple Bar entrance to the City of London. Having become an obstruction to circulation it was removed in 1879 and this monument unveiled in 1881, as a memorial to the old Temple Bar and as a marker for the entrance to the City at the point where it was traditional for the Lord Mayor to welcome royal visitors to the City.

This is a typically overwrought late Victorian edifice, topped with a giant griffin (or dragon; there are competing definitions of the differences) by Charles Birch. The north and south sides hold large statues of Queen Victoria and, the soon to be, Edward VII. To east and west are medallion portraits of the Lord Mayor at the time, Sir Francis Wyatt Truscott, and the late Prince Albert Victor, the King we never had. At the bottom of the west face gilt lettering carved into the granite base announces "City of London". Each side holds a bronze relief plaque, one of which states that the monument is aligned exactly with the west side the old Temple Bar and specifies the north-south displacement - a good example of Victorian flamboyance married to technical confidence. We have treated many of these features as separate memorials and give more details of each one on its own page.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar

Information Subjects commemorated

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Temple Bar

A bar is first mentioned in 1293, when it would have been a simple structure ...

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John Thomas Bedford

Chairman of Committee for letting the City lands of the Corporation of London...

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Sir Horace Jones

Architect. Born 15 Size Lane, Bucklersbury, EC4. Did a lot of work in the Cit...

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Sir Francis Wyatt Truscott

Lord Mayor of London from 1879 to 1880.  Alderman on the Bridge House Estates...

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Sir Christopher Wren

Born East Knoyle, Wiltshire, died London.   Part of one of his churches, St A...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar

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Charles Bell Birch

Sculptor.  Born Brixton.  Studied in Berlin.  Died at King's College Hospital...

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Sir Horace Jones

Architect. Born 15 Size Lane, Bucklersbury, EC4. Did a lot of work in the Cit...

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C. H. Mabey

Sculptor.  His father and son were also sculptors and at one time the ran a j...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar

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45357

Temple Bar - Edward VII

The niche on the north face holds a marble statue of the Prince of Wales, lat...

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Temple Bar - Prince Albert Victor

The west face is framed with pilasters each side, decorated with emblems of "...

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Temple Bar - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

{On the north face, below the statue there is a bronze relief showing Victori...

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Temple Bar - Truscott

The east face is framed with pilasters each side, decorated with emblems of "...

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Temple Bar - Victoria

The south side is the most weathered and sullied by traffic fumes which expla...

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