Temple Bar

Leonard W. Cowie traces six centuries in the history of a former London barrier.

Temple Bar in 1870.The narrow enclosure of the Roman walls round medieval London made it a small, crowded city. By the twelfth century new religious houses and mansions with gardens had to be built outside the walls. The City claimed jurisdiction over these suburbs or liberties, and their boundaries were marked by bars or barriers erected at the entrance to the suburb on the main roads entering the City.

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