In 1975, Rumpole of the Bailey appeared on BBC television. Created by John Mortimer QC, Horace Rumpole is a barrister at law and Old Bailey hack. He is also a perpetual defender. He fights for our ancient freedoms and the presumption of innocence.
Fortified with Château Thames Embankment, and overseen by She Who Must Be Obeyed, Rumpole devotes his time to keeping errant humanity out of prison.
Through John Mortimer’s own words, we follow Horace Rumpole’s experiences of the legal life.
We reach Mortimer’s own Inn via Fleet Street and the Strand – where we encounter the press, the law and a famous wine bar!
Though John Mortimer died in 2009, his creation remains a perpetual reminder of the need for humanity in our dealings with our fellows.
Details – Rumpole and the Legal Life
Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.
MEET: Outside the Magpie and Stump Public House, 18 Old Bailey EC4M 7EP, across the road from the Central Criminal Court.
Duration: Two hours (approximately).
If you have any questions about this walk, please contact me.
Picture of an English barrister sourced from Wikimedia Commons