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6 September 2011

Walk through Temple Bar

Though Temple Bar now stands between St Pauls Cathedral and Paternoster Square, it was originally constructed on the Strand in 1672 to replace an earlier gateway into the City of London from the City of Westminster.

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren to replace an earlier timber structure destroyed during the Great Fire of London, it stood in its previous location until 1878, when it was moved stone by stone to Hertfordshire where it stood for over a hundred years as the entrance to Theobalds Park in Cheshunt.

Eventually it fell into disrepair and was vandalised, so the Temple Bar Trust was founded in the 1970s to move it back, finally achieving success in 2004.

For more information, see http://www.thetemplebar.info/

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