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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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  • Worth going to see what is left of the church and graveyard, not sure if the church gave it's name to the Temple area or the other way round. Off the beaten track, but not far from the rail station wi...  more »
  • Worth a small detour to admire the impressive lean on this tower. The gardens are a peaceful place to have a sandwich but do be aware that there is sometimes anti social behaviour in the gardens, so y...  more »
  • Featured church with a remarkably leaning Bell Tower. Destroyed in the second world war. A garden and the remains of a round church is located on the inside (not accessible).
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  • Old Knights Templar temple. Very cool to see this while visiting.
  • Hidden gem, historic building