Temple Street and Western Road

Photo:The Templar

The Templar

Tony Bailey

By Tony Bailey

Western Road forms the southern boundary of the conservation area. It is the city's principal shopping street, but in the early 19th century it was only a dirt track running through the west laine.

Temple Street, well placed for shops and restaurants, runs steeply north.

The Temple Bar public house on the corner with its precariously placed statue of a templar seems to be searching for connections with both the legal profession and the Da Vinci Code. However, along with the Street, the name is more directly connected with the former residence  of William Read Kemp to be found in Temple gardens at the top of the hill.

This page was added on 29/04/2010.

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