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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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  • An interesting land mark and memorial . Easy access and its paths are used by many office workers to get to work  more »
  • A very interesting ruin and former churchyard to stroll around and reflect. An important circular Templar church was built here but over time was demolished and replaced by a larger rectangular buildi...  more »
  • Found this gem on a walk to our hotel. Lovely history and beautiful grounds around it. The garden is well kept and full of beautiful plants  more »
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  • Nice little church. Its story is quite interesting. They started building it and then realised that the main tower was leaning forward. They stopped building it for a few years but decided in the end to finish it, but didn't add anything to the main tower so that it would not be too heavy, which explaind why the top of the tower does not have sculptures or anything decorative.
  • A picturesque historic site hidden away in Bristol
  • this church was designed in cycle shape but it was changed to the current structure
  • Old Knights Templar temple. Very cool to see this while visiting.
  • Hidden gem, historic building

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