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The Library is first mentioned in the Inn's records in 1506. Since then there have been a number of Library buildings which have met a variety of fates. One was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666, another was blown up in 1679 to prevent a fire spreading from Middle Temple and a third was destroyed by the Luftwaffe in 1941, although by that time many of the books had been, albeit belatedly, removed to safety.

The present Library, designed by T.W. Sutcliffe, was constructed after the war and did not reopen until 1958. It is built over two floors, with ten rooms of various sizes on the main floor and a second floor which consists of two galleries, three further rooms and staff offices. The Library interior is very traditional in style with oak panelled rooms, chandeliers and very high shelves.
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  • Visited this event as part of the chelseafringe.com calendar of events. Great welcome on arrival at the gardens with good signage from temple station. Child oriented afternoon but beautiful gardens to...  more »
  • Prize winning, graceful, historical, listed garden, which is open free to visitors weekdays at lunchtime. Celebrated internationally in newspaper and magazine articles, it is a lovely well kept secret...  more »
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  • Lovely place to relax and read. But members only.
  • very bad coffee. no cakes. no monster energy in stock . lots of talk of mithra and baphomet and eyes wide shut orgys. lots of talk about the latest jaguar .didnt wash my civic.
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