Use the timeline listing to explore notable dates, events and members throughout the history of the Inn. Each timeline entry can be clicked on for expanded information.

  • 1920

    Edith Hesling (1899-1971; later Bradbury), admitted on 4 October 1920, the first woman called to the Bar at the Inn, on 13 June 1923.

  • 1941

    The Inn suffered extensive damage during the Blitz, particularly in the raid of 10/11 May 1941.

  • 1956

    The "Gesta Grayorum" entertainment was performed in Hall in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 13 November 1956.

  • 1960

    On 11 May 1960 the rebuilt Chapel was re-dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Rev Geoffrey Fisher, thus bringing to an end the Inn's post-war reconstruction.

  • 1985

    Dame Rose Heilbron (1914-2005; called 1939) was one of the country's most famous barristers and the Inn's first female Treasurer.

  • 1997

    The Bar Vocational Course (BVC), now known as the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), is expanded to additional providers throughout the UK.

  • 2011

    The new bridge connecting Hall and 10 South Square was completed and the Bridge Bar for members was opened.


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