On Tuesday, 31st October 2017 the Society has organised for members and guests a London visit which will take the form of an Inns of Court Day. The day will begin with a visit to Middle Temple and after coffee/tea and biscuits in the Queen's Room our party will be taken on a guided Tour which will include Middle Temple Hall, with its magnificent display of heraldry. The Hall was completed in 1573 and remains virtually unchanged to this day, having survived the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. Middle Temple was established by the mid-14th century and the Inn's name derives from the Knights Templar who had been in possession of the Temple site for over 150 years prior to that.
Our party will then walk (1-3 mins) over to nearby Temple Church which was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. Temple Church is the church of the Inner and Middle Temple. Here Members will be given a short talk on the Church by either the Verger or the Master of the Temple.
Following this Members will then be free to make their own arrangements for lunch. There are many different bars/cafes/eating places on Fleet St. and Chancery Lane to suit all tastes and pockets and all are within a few minutes of walking of the Temple area. Also, the nearby Inner Temple Gardens are open to the public between 12.30 and 3pm. and can be used as a picnic area.
After lunch our party will meet again outside Temple Church before a short walk to Lincoln's Inn (7-12 mins).
Lincoln's Inn is currently undergoing major renovation work but the Society has been offered a special Guided Tour of The Chapel and adjacent Old Hall. The Chapel was consecrated in 1623 and its east window shows the arms of 228 Treasurers (Heads of the Inn) from 1680-1908. At the west end are the Inns of Court Regimental colours. The Old Hall is the finest building in the Inn and indeed one of the finest buildings in London. It was built in the fifth year of the reign of King Henry VII, before Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World.
The cost of the Day (to include the three Visits) is £25 per head. A Booking Form is enclosed with this Newsletter. Our party will be limited to a maximum of 20 individuals, so early booking is advised. Please note that the nearest Tube Station is Temple (5-10 mins walk) and that there are several sets of stone steps between the Embankment and the Temple area.