Plowden Buildings, Middle Temple, London

Plowden Buildings, facing Middle Temple Gardens. Henry Hakewill (1771-1830) and James Savage (1779-1852). 1830-33. Inns of Court, London. Photograph, caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2011. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL or cite the Victorian Web in a print document.]

James Savage succeeded Hakewill as architect to the Middle Temple, and built the Plowden Buildings adjacent to Middle Temple Hall (seen on the left here) "in a pleasing Tudor collegiate style with gault brick and stone dressings" ("Conservation Area," 3). Hakewill had been the architect of the Gothic buildings at Rugby School from 1881-21, and had devised a style that admirably suited its context here, and that Savage adhered to. Middle Temple Gardens make a lovely setting for these buildings. Following the Plowden Buildings along the east of the gardens is the stylish post-war Middle Temple Library designed by Sir Edward Maufe (1882-1974), the architect of Guildford Cathedral.

Plowden was an important sixteenth-century lawyer and treasurer of the Middle Temple, who had been the main force behind the contraction of Middle Temple Hall (see Ruda 17).

References

"Conservation Area Character Summary: Temples.". City of London, 2007. Web. 19 December 2011.

Ruda, Richard. A Visitor's Guide to the Four Inns of Court in Central London. Washington, 2008. (This helpful document can be downloaded from the web as a pdf file).


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