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Temple Church, Bristol

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Temple Church, also known as Holy Cross Church, is a ruined church in Redcliffe, Bristol, England. It is on the site of a previous, round church of the Knights Templar, which they built on land granted to them in the second quarter of the 12th century by Robert of Gloucester. In 1313 the Knights Hospitaller acquired the church, following the suppression of the Templars, only to lose it in 1540 at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. By the early 14th century, the church served as the parish church for the area known as Temple Fee. From around the same time, the rebuilding of the church on a rectangular plan started. This was completed by 1460, with the construction of a leaning west tower.The church was the scene of the exorcism of George Lukins conducted by Methodist and Anglican clergy in 1788.The church was bombed and largely destroyed in the Bristol Blitz. It is a Grade II* listed building, owned by the Diocese of Bristol. In 1958, English Heritage agreed to undertake a guardianship role. A 1960 excavation by the Ministry of Works discovered the plan of the 12th-century church, enabling it to be marked out on the ground in stone.
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  • A pretty little garden, originally the graveyard of Temple Church. The church was bombed in the blitz but the tower stands high and proud. This medieval church tower was obviously subsiding on constru...  more »
  • Temple Church was wonderful to visit, very inquisitive about the leaning tour - haven't seen anything like that since visiting Italy's Leaning Tour of Piza! What I found quite comforting was that alth...  more »
  • This church has a fascinating history. Even more interesting are the pictorial exhibits around the church. Particularly the one showing a number of (copies) painted scenes showing a march through Bris...  more »
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  • Old Knights Templar temple. Very cool to see this while visiting.
  • Hidden gem, historic building