Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Weekday Walks: The Inns of Court

Today's guided walk was in central London and featured the Inns of Court.  Unfortunately the weather was grey and drab and large areas of the Inns of Court are undergoing restoration and are hidden behind covered scaffolding.  
What should be obvious is just how grand these buildings are.  There are four Courts and every barrister in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must belong to one.  They provide libraries, dining (a pupil must attend 12 dinners before he can qualify.  He must also be prepared for the fact that during a dinner he may be called upon to debate any subject of the challenger's choosing) and sometimes accommodation.  
I think perhaps J. K. Rowling took inspiration for Hogwarts from here, wouldn't you say?
And there are still peaks of just how old the place is.  The 'T' below the window stands for Treasurer and the 'I' and the 'G' were his initials and 1693 signifies the year.
 ~ clicking on the image should make the inscription easier to read ~
Also under restoration is Ede and Ravenscroft (you can see the scaffolding reflected in the window).  The company is London's oldest tailors and wig makers and they have been in business since 1689  
The Inns of Court is a wonderful dip in to history and perhaps the most astonishing thing is just how quiet it is.  Two major thoroughfares are barely 200 metres away and the noise of the traffic is hardly discernible.

8 comments:

Mary Lou said...

This was a most interesting post. It ties in with my just finishing the BBC series, Silk. In spite of a dreary day, your photos turned out well and I agree that JK Rowlings may have got inspiration from the Inns.

alexa said...

My goodness, this is indeed imposing - I love the glimpse into the wig makers ...

Liz said...

We used to use Ede & Ravenscroft for the gowns for our Awards ceremony. Small world huh? Where are you going next?

debs14 said...

Ede & Ravenscroft provide caps and gowns for university graduates too. There is a huge E & R in Cambridge and it just looks so historic, I hadn't realised they had been in business quite so long.
Must have been a fascinating tour, thanks for sharing it with us.

Missus Wookie said...

Did you see the Time Team episode in the Inns? Fascinating and yes the couple of times I've been inside I've been astonished at how quite it is.

Abi said...

This is fascinating. I hadn't heard of the inns of court before. Yes, I agree they are very Hogwarts like!

Sian said...

Of course you know that I would have loved this :) Must have been fascinating. Did you spot any of "London's Hottest barristers"? I believe there's a list..

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I will have to show this to Mr. magpie. He is a member of the American Inn of Court group. This is gorgeous!

xo,

Sheila

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