Temple Bar and St. Paul’s (Later Loyal London Volunteers)


Loyal Volunteers of London

(The image below, from the Illustrated London News, is shown for historical interest and is not for sale)
Temple Bar was the principal ceremonial entrance to the City of London from the City of Westminster. In the middle ages, London expanded city jurisdiction beyond its walls to gates, called ‘bars’, which were erected across thoroughfares. To the west of the City of London, the bar was located in the area known as the Temple. Temple Bar is situated on the historic royal ceremonial route from the Tower of London to the Palace of Westminster, the two chief residences of the medieval 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, while the road to the west, in Westminster, is The Strand.

Temple Bar Gate in 1870. The Illustrated London News.

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This Corps* was formed late in 1792. On the 7th of December, Mr. Edward Foster called a meeting Formed in Feb. 1798, to protect the Civil Magistrates, and preserve the Peace of the City; they are composed of Five Companies, one of which is a Grenadier Company, and one Light, wearing Green Feathers. Their Place of Arms is Bridewell Hospital; and their Committee is chosen among themselves by ballot. This Corps received their Colours on the steps of St. Paul’s Church, from the hand of Mrs. Sylvester, lady of John Sylvester, Esq. Common Serjeant; and were consecrated at the altar of the same church by the Rev. Thos. Bowen, Chaplain to the Corps, and to Bridewell Hospital. They are joined with Cordwainer’s Ward, Queen-Hythe, and Guildhall Associations.

PRINCIPAL OFFICER’S NAMES: Lieutenant Colonel, Jasper Atkinson. First Captain, John Keysall. Major, John Pooly Kingsenton.

DRESS: Helmet, Label, LOYAL LONDON VOLUNTEERS. Ornament on ditto, Garter and Crown. Breast-plate, oval, with the Crown. Cartouch, a Star, &c. Buttons, T. B. and S. P. in cypher; LONDON LOYAL VOLUNTEERS below. Half Gaiters, black; since changed to whole.

* Independent of these, there is an Association of Civilians, making Three Companies of 120 Rank and File, formed the 26th of May 1798, under Lord Elden, to confine themselves to Doctors’ Commons.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 26.2 × 33.7 cm