Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Fountain Court, Temple

Temple - photograph


Fountain Court, situated in the Middle Temple, is one of the most charming retreats in London on a summer's day, and many people as they pass through the legal hive are glad to rest on the seats provided by the Benchers beneath its shady trees. It derives its name from the simple fountain in the centre - a single jet of water that rises some ten feet, dropping into a basin where goldfish are kept. Fountain Court has often figured in literature. Dickens has immortalised it in Martin Chuzzlewit, as the meeting-place between Ruth Pinch and her lover; and close by, at No.2, Garden Court, in a house which has long since disappeared, Oliver Goldsmith lived, and was visited by Dr. Johnson. The large Gothic building seen in our view is the Middle Temple Hall.