Special visit to Middle Temple Hall and Temple Church
Talk and Tour | Middle Temple Hall
Wednesday 26 April 2017 - 10:30
An exclusive opportunity to visit and have lunch in Middle Temple Hall and then to be guided round the beautiful Temple Church.
Meet for coffee or tea and an introduction to Middle Temple Hall, built in 1574, with its dramatic double hammerbeam roof, stained glass, portraits and rich carvings, where Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was first performed. Then have an elegant three-course lunch at the bench tables, mixing with members of the Inns of Court.
After lunch, walk through this timeless haven where bewigged and gowned lawyers pass by against a backdrop of ancient buildings, to the Temple Church. The beautiful and numinous Round Church, consecrated in 1185, was built by the Knights Templar, to recall the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is the church of the Inner and Middle Temples, two of the four Inns of Court encompassing 800 years of history, at the heart of London’s legal community. The group will be given a talk on the history of the church, and will be able to visit the Magna Carta exhibition in the church.
The group are welcomed to stay on for evensong at 5.30pm.
This event has been organised by the Kent Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.