The name, Temple, derives from the Order of the Knights Templar, a chivalrous order established in 1118 for the purpose of protecting pilgrims

(You may know them as the knights who wore white tunics with red crosses on them.)

In 1162, the group built their first church and houses nearby, on the banks of the Thames.

Today, barristers have their offices (known as chambers) here, in addition to training and practising in the area.

Its also a public space during week days and a lovely, peaceful place to sit and have lunch.

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