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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Survivor of the Great Fire


The beautiful stained glass window has the date 1625 in the inscription that is a little difficult to read on the inside with all the boxes stacked in front of it.  The building is thought to be the only wooden structure to have survived the great fire of 1666.  It was at that time the home of the gatekeeper of Temple.  It later became a club named the wig and pen, a hangout for the nearby lawyers and journalists.  Sadly it was taken over by developers in 2003, re-opening as a Thai restaurant.

7 comments:

Angie said...

Mmm, I suppose it is silly to say I would have expected to have 'Ye Olde English Food' instead!

Mandy Southgate said...

I love tales like this and I seem to recall this from one of my walks. What a very lucky gatekeeper.

Sharon said...

It has a beautiful store front.

Stefan Jansson said...

Nice story with a perhaps sad ending?

biebkriebels said...

A beautiful building, there should not be a Thai restaurant in. Better make it an original english pub.

William Kendall said...

A place like that with so much history deserves better than to be saddled with a Thai restaurant. Maybe someday...

LOLfromPasa said...

The dates you share are amazing. Impressive architecture.

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