Thursday, February 24, 2011

And more London including The Temple Church

For the last few weeks I've been batting to and from London for various reasons. The most recent was a visit to my publisher, Sphere at LittleBrown, for a business meeting. I had arranged my inward journey to have a bit of time to spare, so I could visit the Temple Church and take some photographs. I made a sort of photo journey story of my day and here it is below. Some of you may be interested in the close ups of early 13th century armour from the Temple Church section. Click to enlarge, and as always, sorry about the odd formatting. If you see gaps, scroll down. The last photo is of the train journey home!

Waiting at the bus
stop in my village on a
dark, wet Monday morning

John Betjemen statue
at St. Pancras

Temple Tube

Red telephone

Courts of Justice

Twinings Tea

Bank sign

Bank lobby

Temple Church

plaque concerning
the effigies

Gilbert Marshal
(d 1241)

Gilbert Marshal

Gilbert Marshal:
Hand around
sword hilt

Close up of
hand grip

Serpent chewing
Gilbert's spur strap
(he die in a tourney
having been dragged
when his foot got
caught in the stirrup).

Shield strap

Arrangement of
mail leg covering

Arrangement of
mail leg cover on
a different effigy
(no dateline)

William Marshal

William Marshal
Note all fingers
visible under the mail

Close up of
mailed hand

William Marshal
full length

Font design
close up

Another font

Church interior
taken from the

Plan of the
church interior

Plan of the
Temple environs
circa 1250

William Marshal

Flying horse
design on the
temple precinct
gates leading to
the Embankment


A misty view
of the London

Art Deco work
at Unilever House

Clock above
entrance to
Unilever House

View to the
ground floor
from LittleBrown's

The train home!


Taminator said...

Love the photos! So where is Isabelle buried?

Emilie Laforge said...

Thank you for the pictures Elizabeth. I really hope I'll be able to visit Temple Church this summer during my week long trip to England. I'm sure we'll be spending a few days in London!

Marg said...

Makes me wish I could visit London again! Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn said...

More fascinating photos to enjoy. The close-up detail is wonderful and so interesting. The swords looked like they were huge! Thanks so much.