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Temple Bar Heraldic Sculpture

Temple Bar

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The east side of the gate, with regal statues and heraldic sculpture. The west side has the arms and supporters of the City of London.
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The Temple Bar at Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire, before dismantling in 2003.
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Design model in clay, based on observation of the heraldic sculpture of the period of which many examples remain in the Wren churches in the City.
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Design model of the City of London Dragon, at half scale. A seventeenth century example of the species.
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Design model of the Unicorn, one of the Royal supporters, with cloven hooves, lion's tail and beard, but without the horn.
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Model of Royal Cartouche. Historic reference material, including images of the Bar in its original location, may be seen behind.
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Model of the City cartouche, based on historic precedent and research. The ornamental form is an exaggeration of the undulations of a vellum scroll.
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The half size model and the 'boasted' block, roughed out using a combination of wire sawing and milling.
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Completed carving of Dragon. Note the dramatic piercing and expressive tooled finish. Carved by P.J.
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The Royal Lion. Note the relief heraldry on the shield. Carved by J.S.
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A menagerie of beasts in the studio shortly before transport to London.
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The completed cartouches, with design models in plaster in the background.
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The Royal Arms. Note the density of the relief carving on the shield, and the raised lettering of the garter.
Description of Project

Temple Bar is an ornamental gateway that originally marked the border between the City of London and Westminster. It was designed by Christopher Wren and built between 1669-72. During the 18th century, the heads of traitors were displayed on pikes mounted on the roof. In 1878 the gate was dismantled as it was an obstruction to traffic, then re-erected in the grounds of Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire. In 2004 the historic monument was returned to London to form the entrance to the Paternoster Square development adjacent to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The original heraldic sculpture had been lost during its travels and consequently had to be designed anew.

You can learn more about Temple Bar by visiting the project website: www.thetemplebar.info

Temple Bar

Temple Bar

Category: Stone carving | Heraldic

Date: 2004
Material: Portland Stone
Architect: Freeland Rees Roberts
Contractor: Fairhaven and Woods

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