Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fountain Court

Fountain Court, Middle Temple, City of London, London
Fountain Court, Middle Temple, City of London
London, January 2005

“On the perimeter of this circle lies Fountain Court, amid the buildings of the Temple; there has been a small fountain there for three hundred years, commemorated by writers as diverse as Dickens and Verlaine, while the softness and serenity of this small spot have been experienced by many generations. The fountain and its pool were once square-fenced with palisades, then encircled by iron railings, but now stand unbarred; whether in a square, or a round, or open on all sides, the fountain plays on, and its atmosphere has remained constantly evocative. One Londoner came here as a schoolboy, with no knowledge of its history or its associations, and immediately fell under the spell of its enchantment; it was as if innumerable good acts or kind words had emerged here as calmly and as quietly as the little fountain itself. At last, in these pages, he has the chance of recording his debt.”
(Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography)

2 comments:

cieldequimper said...

The arch of the trees is so beautiful.

m_m said...

Lovely place, but the weather is so British...:)