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RE: The Streets of the City - 4
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, Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:28 am
The problem with that theory is that it was called Temple Row and the nearby Temple Street a long time before there were any Solicitors Chambers at all back in the mid 1700's.
A couple of theories put forward have been it was named for a local summer house type building that was called locally the Temple back when the whole area was a Cherry Orchard owned by the local Priory. Another theory offered is that there was once a meeting place of the Knights Templar. Another one was it was called after a round building that stood in the area that might have been a Dovecot.
, Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:41 am
As far as I can make out the building is "the Rectory", now I'm not sure if it would belong to the rector of St Philip's or the rector (headmaster) of the Blue Coat School that was adjacent. Seeing as how the school moved to Edgbaston in the early 30's and the photo looks to date around that time. I would think the second option is the most likeliest and was the reason why it was empty. I don't think it would have remained empty for long, and I think it's full of Solicitors now.
Phil Whites 1873 directory lists , under St Phillips Churchyard, off Temple Row: Yorke The Hon and Rev Grantham Munton, M.A., rector of St. Philip’s Church & rural dean, The Rectory . so it looks like it is the church
All I know Phil is that it was the Rectory till 1921. By 1932 the Rectory seems to have gone, but there is (in apparently the same position the Provost's House), which remained until at least 1945. By 1949 it too had disappeared