Having walked around the outside of the church it was time to take a look inside and see if the church resembled my black and white memories of the church from my first visit.Walking through the door revealed a very different church, bright, colourful and showing the incredible amount of effort that went into restoring the church from the wartime shell.Further repairs and restoration began in 1845 to remove much of the earlier “beautification” and included the lowering of the pavement back to its original level. 19th century repairs including refacing much of Temple Church using Bath stone.
My memories of the church are of a dark, mysterious interior – a black and white vision of the church.
The entrance to the alley that leads to the church is through a stone archway that occupies one half of the ground floor of a four storey building.
On leaving the archway and entering the open alley we are in a place that is very different from the noise and traffic of Fleet Street, just a short distance behind: The initial view of the round tower, probably the most distinctive feature of the church: All that remains of the churchyard on the northern side of the church: The round tower: The Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and the round tower was consecrated by Heraclius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1185.
The design of the round tower was intended to resemble the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Temple Church is a Royal Peculiar, this is a church that belongs directly to the monarch, rather than belonging to a diocese as with a parish church.
The lead member of clergy in the Temple Church is called the Master of the Temple, a reference to the head of the order of the Knights Templar.
There is a stone plaque among the paving slabs recording the loss of the Lamb Building that had been built in 1667 and was destroyed in 1941: The Lamb Building as it was in the 1920s is shown in the photo below.