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Old 12-08-2015, 04:41 PM   #104
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Arrow A Tale of Two Dragons

Jones Temple Bar marker/ May his plots thicken...

Video showing the Temple Bar monument in London...
When you enter the City of London you pass two flying reptiles on each side of the road and where the City of London meets the area called Temple Bar, named after the Knights Templar, there is another flying reptile in the centre of the road..Temple Bar was the principal ceremonial entrance to the City of London on its western side from the City of Westminster. It is situated on the historic royal ceremonial route from the Tower of London to the Palace of Westminster, the two chief residences of the mediaeval English monarchs, and from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral.. The road east of Temple Bar and within the City is Fleet Street, the road to the west, in Westminster, is The Strand.. At Temple Bar the Corporation of the City of London formerly erected a barrier to regulate trade into the City..

Fleet Street Map..

On the 5th of November, 1422, the corpse of Henry V was borne to Westminster Abbey by the chief citizens and nobles, and every doorway from Southwark to Temple Bar had a torch-bearer.. In 1503 the hearse of Elizabeth of York, queen of Henry VII, halted at Temple Bar, on its way from the Tower to Westminster, and at the Bar the Abbots of Westminster and Bermondsey blessed the corpse, and the Earl of Derby and a large company of nobles joined the funeral procession.. Anne Boleyn passed through the Bar on May 31, 1534, the day before her coronation, on her way to the Tower..Although it escaped damage by the Great Fire of London of 1666, it was rebuilt as part of the general improvement works made througout the City after that devastating event..

In the 1853 Bleak House, Charles Dickens described it as "that leaden-headed old obstruction, appropriate ornament for the threshold of a leaden-headed old corporation"..In 1874 it was discovered that the keystones had dropped and the arches were propped up with timbers. The steady increase in horse and cart traffic led to complaints that Temple Bar was becoming a bottleneck, holding back the City trade.. In 1878 the City of London Corporation, eager to widen the road but unwilling to destroy so historic a monument, dismantled it piece-by-piece over an 11-day period and stored its 2,700 stones carefully..Following the demolition of Wren's gateway, Horace Jones, Architect and Surveyor to the City of London, designed a memorial to mark Temple Bar which was unveiled in 1880..

After getting in trouble on a school trip to the Natural History Museum, George takes off in a huff and, out of anger, breaks off the head of a stone dragon on the side of a wall.. This sets off a stone pterodactyl literally peeling itself off the top of the building and chasing George..As George runs away he sees three stone salamanders also chasing him.. During the chase, George bumps into the Gunner, a statue of a World War I soldier who helps him escape the pterodactyl and salamanders. He explains to George that by breaking the stone dragon, he has entered a different world - an un-London - where statues move and talk..Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland..Temple Bar is in the postcode Dublin 2 (D2), and has an estimated population of 3,000...'s a wise monster that knows its own father..Victor..Bravo..That's how Satan tempted our Lord..If Satan could teach me how to bring William to life again, I'd gladly become his pupil..Bravo, Victor...

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