Buildings

Middle Temple’s buildings are an interesting mix of differing ages, architectural styles and construction methods. Located around open courtyards and gardens, they create a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.

A large part of the Inn’s estate is held under ‘Letters Patent’ granted by James I in 1608, although since that date we have acquired a number of freehold properties, principally along our north and west site boundaries.

Many of our 43 buildings are listed Grade I, II* and II with the whole site designated as a Conservation area. The Temple is a gated community with the external gates locked at night, over weekends and on Bank and Public Holidays. All of the roadways, courtyards and gardens are private land over which there is no Public Right of Way.

The Inn suffered heavily from enemy bombing during World War II with the result that a number of the buildings you see today are of post war construction. None the less, they were designed with such care and attention by the architect, Sir Edward Maufe, that the casual observer will not immediately distinguish them. Luckily, Middle Temple Hall, completed in 1573, escaped significant damage and remains one of the most magnificent original examples of an Elizabethan banqueting Hall with double hammer-beam roof

The following table provides brief information about the Inn’s buildings and this will be expanded in due course to provide a more detailed description and history of each property.

BUILDING

BUILT

ARCHITECT

LISTED

Ashley   Building

1958

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

Blackstone   House

1953

Unknown

No

1   Brick Court

1908

Walding   and Sir Aston Webb

II

4   Brick Court

1882

J.P.   St. Aubyn

No

Burnton   Buildings

1885

R.W.   Edis

II*

Carpmael   Building

1955

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

Cloisters

1952

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

Devereux   Chambers

1790

Nicholas   Barbon

II

9   Devereux Court

1952

Unknown

No

1   Essex Court

1685

Nicholas   Barbon

I

2   Essex Court

1677

Nicholas   Barbon

I

3   Essex Court

1677

Nicholas   Barbon

I

4   Essex Court

1720

Unknown

II*

4a   Essex Court

1930

Clyde   Young

No

5   Essex Court

1882

J.P.   St. Aubyn

No

35   Essex Street

1675

Nicholas   Barbon

II

Fountain   Court

1675-1880

Nicholas   Barbon

I

1   Garden Court

1884

J.P.   St. Aubyn

II

2   Garden Court

1884

J.P.   St. Aubyn

II

Goldsmith   Building

1861

J.P.   St. Aubyn

II

Lamb   Building

1954

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

Middle   Temple Hall

1573

Carpenter   ‘Lewis’

I

1   Middle Temple Lane

1684

Unknown

II*

1a   Middle Temple Lane

1684

Roger   North

I & II*

1b   Middle Temple Lane

1693

Unknown

I

2   Middle Temple Lane

1693

Unknown

II*

3   Middle Temple Lane

1680

Unknown

II*

4   Middle Temple Lane

1780

Unknown

II*

New   Court

1676

Nicholas   Barbon

I

1   Plowden Buildings

1831

Henry   Hakewill and James Savage

No

2   Plowden Buildings

1831

Henry   Hakewill and James Savage

No

1   Pump Court

1952

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

2   Pump Court

1952

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

3   Pump Court

1952

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

4   Pump Court

1952

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

4   Pump Court (North)

1686

Unknown

I

5   Pump Court

1686

Unknown

I

6   Pump Court

1686

Unknown

I

Queen   Elizabeth Building

1959

Sir   Edward Maufe

No

3   Temple Gardens

1878

E.M.   Barry

II