Plaque marking the location of the original Temple Bar and the border of the City of London. Sculptor: Charles Henry Mabey (c. 1836-1912). Architect: Horace Jones. 1880. Bronze. The left side, top, and right of the frame bear the following inscription: “This Memorial of Temple Bar was / . . . Mayorally of the Right Honorable Sir Francis / Wyatt Pruscott Knt.” The central inscription reads, “Under the direction of the Committee for Letting of City Lands of the Corporation of London John Thomas Bedford Esqr. Chairman that the West Side of the plinth is coincident that with the West Side of Temple Bar and the Centre line from West to East though the Gateway thereof was 3 feet 10 inches Southward of the Broad Arrow here marked[.] Messrs John M[] Contractors / Horace Jones PRIBA Architect to the Corporation of London[.]”

The Temple Bar Memorial, its sculpture, and related material

Photograph and research by Robert Freidus. Formatting, text, and perspective correction by George P. Landow. [You may use these images 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 in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.


Speel, Bob. “Sculpture on the Victoria Embankment” Web. 27 July 2011.

Ward-Jackson, Philip. Public Sculpture of the City of London. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2003.

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