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Brief description of site

Inner Temple has gardens of medieval origin which were further developed through the following centuries. The present layout dates from the early-19th century, incorporating earlier features. The site occupies about 1.7 hectares.

Brief history of site

In the late-12th century the Knights Templar moved from Holborn to the Temple area and it is likely that there were gardens associated with the monastery that they built there. By the mid 15th century the Temple buildings and gardens had been separated into the Middle and Inner Temple. During the 15th and 16th ceturies the Inner Temple gardens were divided into various enclosures, which included the Great Garden and three smaller gardens or courts. The Garden was redesigned again in the early 18th century. By the early 19th century the gardens had been redesigned to the present layout in the northern and central sections.

Location information:

Address: Treasury Office, Inner Temple, London , EC4Y 7HL

Locality: Victoria Embankment

Local Authorities:

Greater London; City of London

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ312809
Latitude: 51.5118 Longitude: -0.11074

Directions:

Tube: Blackfriars (closed until 2012)/Temple (District, Circle). Bus: 4, 11, 15, 23, 26, 76, 172, 341, 388.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open weekdays, 12.30 to 3pm. Please telephone 020 7797 8250

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1.7

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