(Photo: Colin Wing)
This quiet, hidden garden is situated on the north side of the Temple complex, just a stone's throw from Fleet Street. The Master's House is the vicarage associated with Temple Church and this L-shaped garden runs between the two.
The main part of the garden is an elevated plateau, built above 17th-century catacombs to create more burial space when the crypts within Temple Church were full. The catacombs, which lie next to the church, are sealed and not open to the public.
The entire area was extensively bombed during the war and most of the surrounding buildings were damaged or destroyed. The original layout of the garden was not significantly altered and the catacombs remained undamaged. Several mature trees and the original plants were lost during bombing. The existing layout of the garden dates back to a post-WW2 garden renovation.
The planting in the Master's Garden reflects the fact that, being a raised plateau, the soil is very free-draining. Only plants tough enough to withstand the dry conditions are used.