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July 28, 2003

Temple Bar

The last of the City of London's ancient perimeter gates is to return to the capital after more than a century in ignominious exile.

Temple Bar -- an elaborate stone archway complete with spikes for traitors' heads -- will become a feature of a new development near St Paul's Cathedral, just half a mile from its original site.

Aldgate, Bishopsgate and Moorgate are better known historic entrances to Roman Londinium. The Flea used to pass through spectral Temple Bar not knowing it was more than the name for a bit of the Strand. The gate itself has been moldering in an abandoned estate... Its return should make a welcome addition to one of my favourite statues.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 28, 2003 09:31 AM