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26 March 2018Visit : Temple Church and Two Temple Place
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Visit : Temple Church and Two Temple Place
Monday 26 March 2018


Temple Church is a late 12th century church in the City of London situated between
Fleet Street and the River Thames. It was built by the Knights Templar as their
English headquarters. During the reign of King John (1199–1216) it served as the
royal treasury. It is jointly owned by The Inner Temple and the Middle Temple Inns of
Court and is famous for being a round church, a common design feature of the
Knights Templar churches and for its 13th and 14th century stone effigies. It was heavily damaged by German bombing during World War II and has since been greatly rebuilt and restored. 

Known for many years as Astor House, Two Temple Place is one of London’s architectural gems built on The Embankment by William Waldorf Astor, founder of the famous New York City Waldorf Astoria. Originally designed for use primarily as Astor’s estate office by one of the foremost neo-Gothic architects of the late 19th century, John Loughborough Pearson, Two Temple Place consists of two floors and a lower ground floor. It was built of Portland stone and there are splendid carvings of the exterior stonework by Nathaniel Hitch. John Dibbles Crace, one of a family of interior decorators, decorated the interior for Viscount Astor in the French Renaissance style. In what had been a bedroom, Astor had the wall, panelled with “precious woods” and the ceiling gilded. In addition to the extraordinary, opulent interior, when finished in 1895, it contained the largest strong room in Europe as well as two other enormous fortified safes. Today, Two Temple Place is home to The Bulldog Trust which has provided financial and advisory assistance to charities for over 30 years. 

“Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain” is an exhibition produced by The Bulldog Trust in partnership with The Arts Society on the occasion of our Golden Jubilee. This major exhibition will bring together paintings, prints, cartoons, textiles and ceramics, moving film, instruments and the all-important jazz sound to explicitly examine the influence of jazz on British art, design and wider society. 

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We will depart from Johnsons Yard at 7.15 am and the Old Sils at 7.45 am in order to arrive at
Temple Church in time for a late morning, self-guided visit. After lunch, we will visit Two Temple Place for a private, guided tour and time to view the exhibition. Afterwards there will be time to have a cup of tea and visit the shop before our departure for home at 4.45 pm. We should arrive back in Solihull for approximately 7.30pm. The cost for the day to include return coach travel, driver’s gratuity, all entrance fees and guided visit is £31. All refreshments and lunch are at your own expense.

Members will have received these details and an application form by mail. Interested non-members may send the details asked for on the form below to ~: 

The organiser will then make contact to tell you if thare are spare places on the coach

Image : Two Temple Place 


Visit to Temple Church and Two Temple Place and The Exhibition entitled “Rhythm and 

Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain on Monday 26 March 2018 

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