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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Middle Temple Hall

I love to see behind closed doors. Places we aren't normally allowed to see. Middle Temple Hall is one of these places. Open last weekend for open house weekend. What we really want is a story that we wont find in the history books or on the Internet. Right? A bit of historical gossip.
Aha I have a story for you.
At the end of the room you can see part of a table. It's a very long table stretching across the width of the room. At either end there are stained glass windows with family crests. The story although an unlikely one is none the less still worth repeating. At a dinner one evening Robert Louis Stevenson was sitting at the very end facing the far window. Near the top and to the very right are two separate crests with names that caught his fancy.
Those names are Jekyll and Hyde.

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22 comments:

Angie said...

Brilliant tale, & I love the look of inside.

jabblog said...

Lovely tale - the mark of a true writer is to find inspiration in all things.
What a fascinating room - enough to feast the eyes for hours.

Leif Hagen said...

What a magnificent hall! Those BIG paintings!

Did YOU make up that story ....

Karine said...

I always enjoy your little historical tidbit posts :o)

B SQUARED said...

It's like peering into a forbidden garden.

Tammy said...

Very cool room.
Loved hearing about the rumor.

Mo said...

No I didn't make up the story. AND there really are two crests where I said one with the name Hyde and one with the name Jekyll. RLS did really have dinner in this hall. Did he see the windows? That is not known for certain.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Lovely Tale !! Great..

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

that is a great story. very interesting and i like the Apothecaries photo also.

Ivy said...

I love all of the crests and of course the tale. Fabulous as always Mo!

Gillian said...

Would LOVE to get in there with my camera!!!

3c said...

The setting, clearly, is impressive - and the story a good one . . . but it is all the people sitting in a row which draw my attention. What are they doing? What are they thinking? Why are they there? My guess is that they are simply drawn to that long bench - that, seeing it, they feel compelled to sit on it. Some benches are like that.

Ruela said...
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Ruela said...

I love your dining room color!! It is GORGEOUS!!!LOVE LOVE LOVE your dining room. The wall color is fabulous!






;)

marley said...

Great story!

magiceye said...

beautiful photo and interesting info

Mirela said...

WOW! I've seen almost an identical room in the Netherlands! It would be fun to see all the coats of arms...

Thanks for the story! :)

Hilda said...

What a cool story!
And wow at all those family crests! I can easily spend several days there just looking at all of them.

Paula said...

Very interesting place.

Natalia said...

I love this picture, I imagine how it must have been to appreciate from inside.

IleDuLevant said...

For those new to Open House, I would strongly recommend Middle Temple Hall and its guides as an enjoyable introduction to next year's event. In addition, the Middle Temple Library round the corner houses the fascinating Molyneux Globes, one terrestrial, one celestial, dating from 1592. The Inns of Court are an interesting area to walk round any time of the year, even when the buildings are not open to the public.

Belinda said...

How funny! I was there too! Your photos are LOADS better than mine though :o)

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