A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court


The British legal system is steeped in tradition or at least that's my impression of it when I watch cop and law series on the telly here. The funny looking wigs the barristers and judges wear during trials, always make me chuckle a little bit.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

 In London the legal world is centred around the four Inns of Court; Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple and Middle Temple.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

These Inns date back to the 14th century and were housed in large, walled compounds, where the judges and barristers worked, studied and even lived. These days judges and barristers still work in these historic buildings. Even if you're not all that interested in the law, the Inns of Courts are a fascinating area to wander around. It's a myriad of narrow lanes and tranquil courtyards and gardens all hidden away from busy the busy London streets. Time has stood still here and the area remains relatively unexplored so it's pretty much tourist-free and very tranquil.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

Our tour started at the Holborn Tube station, from where we walked over to leafy Lincoln's inn Fields. It's a square that was designed by Inigo Jones and takes its name from the Lincoln's Inns of court that lies next to it.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

We continued our walk towards the historic buildings of Lincoln's Inn and even managed to peek around the corner of their impressive library, which is totally not allowed. We had one last look in the Lincoln's Inn chapel before heading south towards Fleet Street.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

We made our way towards the Middle Temple and Inner Temple area where we had a look inside the Temple Church which featured in the Da Vinci Code. Book and Movie. This church was the Knights Templar headquarters till 1312.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

Around lunch time we arrived at the Elizabethan banqueting house in the Middle Temple Great Hall. It was as if we had stepped into Hogwarth School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and we were half expecting Harry, Hermione and Ron Weasley to join us at our table. They didn't, but the table next to us was the one where all the judges sat, and that was probably even cooler.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

Lunch was served buffet style and there was a wide choice of pretty much everything; hot and cold meats, salads and soups. You name it, they had it and it cost almost nothing.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

After lunch we made our way back towards Fleet Street and passed the Old Bailey and popped into Chancery Lane, a street lined with tailors, shoemakers and wig makers.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

 The last Inn we visited was Gray's Inn which was badly bombed during the World War II. It was completely restored after which it was put back in use. It consists of some lovely, quiet squares and a chapel with impressive stained glass windows.

A Walking Tour of the Inns of Court

I went on a photography tour with Jude through Meetup, but the area is free for all to explore.

Comments

  1. I went to see my friend get admitted to the bar in a ceremony there and I couldn't believe that whole area was there! It's like it's hidden away in plain sight - love your photos.

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    1. I love walking around the area. That ceremony must have been interesting too!

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  2. I love your images - they look so professional. :)

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  3. Ive never actually thought to take a walking tour here.
    Defiantly going to look into it - Would be interesting.
    Thanks for sharing hun

    Charlotte x

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    1. It's nice to walk around there by yourself, but on a tour you get a bit more background info. Have fun.

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  4. I'm a pretend lawyer, and seeing shots of the wigs and Inn and all the tradition that goes with it makes me fantasise about actually becoming a real lawyer again!

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  5. A different and out of the ordinary post/suggestion about my most favorite city!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can you plese give more info about the tour (e.x name, site..) ?
    Thank u
    xxx

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    1. If you click on the word meetup at the bottom of the post, you will get to the meetup site. It's a group run by a photographer. Have a look.

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