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 - Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Hall - photograph


By some good judges the roof of the fine Gothic Hall of the Middle Temple, of which the exterior is shown on page 70, is considered to be the best piece of Elizabethan architecture in London; and the Renaissance screen is also very handsome. It was here that Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was acted on February 2nd, 1602, less than six months after its first production; and many a famous revel has been held within its walls. The Term dinners are now eaten in this Hall, which is ornamented with the arms of the Knight Templars, by various portraits, and be busts of Lord Eldon and his brother, Lord Stowell, by Behnes. The stained glass windows display the arms of members of the Temple who have also had seats in the House of Lords.