We hope you will be able to join us before long, for either or both of two types of talk:

  1. Fridays, 1.10-1.50pm: The History of the Temple Church, 850 extraordinary years: from the design of the Round Church (1163), perhaps the first Gothic building built in England, to match the round Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem; through the tumultuous years of Magna Carta (1214-1215), whose hero William Marshal was buried in the Round, where his effigy still lies; the building of the Chancel (1240), a glorious hall-church planned as the burial-place of Henry III and his Queen; the 17th and 18th century roles of the Church and Temple in the development of our modern rule of law and in the foundation, independence and constitution of America; to the Blitz (1941) and the post-War repair of the Church. Robin is glad to answer questions about The Da Vinci Code too!  

    This is a beautiful, historic and numinous place, in the therapeutic calm of the Temple just yards from the bustle of Fleet Street. To be here in the 12th century was to be “in” Jerusalem, at the centre of the world. The Temple and its Church were central to the formation of Magna Carta, the first great bill of citizens’ rights that constrained the power of the government. It is still, over 800 years later, the professional home of the lawyers who protect those rights. It is rightly known as the Cradle of the Common Law.  
    Do join us when you can. There is no extra charge for admission to the talks. For their dates, please do check the summary of events below .There is an exhibition on Magna Carta and the Road to the Rule of Law in the Round Church; and further history of the Church and Magna Carta here. Introductory text for talks in the church
  2. We have an ongoing programme of talks at our Wednesday Choral Evensongs 6.00pm, and at other times on questions of pressing socio-legal concern. We advertise them on the home-page as they draw near. Recent speakers have included the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the shadow Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, successive Chairs of the Bar of England and Wales, and speakers on Pro Bono work for justice, indefinite detention, the funding of the publicly funded Bar, and capital punishment in the USA.  


You are welcome to join us at these or any other Evensongs. Most of the other talks are also open to the public without charge. The Church is still, to this day, the Cradle of the Common Law.



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