1896 Print over 100 years old Middle Temple Hall


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Antique print dated 1896.

The page is over 100 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a gold frame and mount. Also available in either a brown frame or a black frame, your choice.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. RL.162.

Entitled – Midddle Temple Hall.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Middle Temple Hall. – In the Fountain Court of the Middle Temple is the Middle Temple Hall, an admirable Elizabethan building dating from 1572, with a screen which is very handsome – though it is not, as is often said, made from the spoils of the Spanish Armada, being thirteen years earlier in date.

A series of coats-of-arms in the Hall are those of the treasurers, and they include the shield of one who, not having inherited arms, and scorning to take out the grant from the Herald’s College, has inscribed it with his initials.

The old cow’s horn, by the blowing of which the Benchers were formerly summoned to dinner, is still preserved here.

It is a fact worth notice, as showing the habits of these same Benchers in former times, that when the floor of the Middle Temple Hall was taken up in 1764, there were found beneath it nearly a hundred pairs of very small dice, which had slipped through the ill-adjusted boards.

In the time of Elizabeth, too, the Benchers were so quarrelsome a body that an edict was passed forbidding anyone to enter the Hall with other weapons than a sword or a dagger ! 

The interior of this noble Hall is 100ft. long, 40ft. wide, and 47ft. in height;  and as one enters it he is struck with its magnificent roof of richly carved dark oak.

The festivals of Christmas, Halloween, Candlemas, and Ascension were formerly kept here with great splendour.

It was in this Hall, too, that Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” was performed, soon after its production, on February 2nd, 1601;  and it is probably the only remaining building in which one of the plays of the great dramatist was seen by his contemporaries.

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