pikkle thanks very much for that response, it was really interesting to read. I must admit to not being too familiar with the Commissioners Churches (despite sitting staring at two of them). I am have recently discovered a bit of an interest in how art and architecture are used as a way of building a narrative about a nation, these would seem to play into it very well, so thanks for pointing them out.
I guess in balance to yourself, I don't really have much interest in ecclesiastical architecture (and even less of an interest in Palaces and Staley Homes). However as you say there isn't as much of a recognition of these smaller scale ecclesiastical buildings in the UK's entries, nor of the effect they have had on the built environment of the former empire. Especially if you look at how many Spanish colonial churches are listed. I think the Wren churches of London would make an interesting proposal, and certainly I feel would be worthy of a place on the list, but I don't ever really see it happening.
Likewise with the Inns of Court, I love that area of London, I used to work just up the road from the Hotel you stayed in. The Inns of Court were a constant source of intrigue for me, plus they were also great places to head for lunch. I still feel that area of London is "my London
". The sheer quantity of great pubs in the area may also have something to do with my fondness for the it :)
Just to tie two threads together, did you know that Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
pub across the road from Temple Inns is actually a key point in the preservation of sight-lines of St Paul's. New buildings are not allowed to appear in the view of St Paul's from its entrance. This is the view
from the road, you can see the distinctive shape of 122 Leadenhall Street (the Cheesegrater
) to the left of St Paul's dome, it is designed in this sloping fashion so that from the entrance to the pub it isn't visible. You have to stand pretty close to the wall for it to disappear from view but it isn't visible from the entrance.