Donation of Temple Bar models to Lowewood museum
(27th June 2006)
Three unique plaster models, which were used to create the full-size stone carvings that now stand on each corner of the Temple Bar Gateway in the city of London have been donated to Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon by local film maker, John Harris.
The plaster models are the actual models used for pointing – a process that provides all the detail necessary for their reproduction in full size stone. The stone carvings are twice the size of the plaster models and each weigh about half a ton. The models are worth around £800 each.
Sir Christopher Wren's Temple Bar marked the gateway to the City of London for 200 years. It was then rebuilt at Theobalds Park, Cheshunt to form a grand entrance to a country estate. However the mansion became part of a conference centre and at the end of last century, Temple Bar stood there alone and unused, surrounded by woods and grass, leading to a campaign to bring the landmark back to London.
Temple Bar was rebuilt at Paternoster Square, opposite St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London and was officially opened in 2004. John Harris filmed the dismantling and rebuilding of Temple Bar, including the carving of the stone statues, for a forthcoming project. The Lion, Unicorn, and Dragon models will be displayed on the ground floor at the Lowewood museum. The Temple Bar statues depict the ‘Royal Beasts’ and ‘City Supporters’ and were carved by Tim Crawley of Fairhaven, Anglesey Abbey. They replace the original statues which were lost after Temple Bar was removed from Fleet Street in the nineteenth century.
Lowewood museum is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm and entrance is free. The museum continues to collect local history and welcomes objects and photographs from residents that are linked to the Borough. For information about the museum, residents can contact the curator on 01992 445596.