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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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  • August 16, 2017
    I would not recommend it because it's not great either. Being closed you can only catch a glimpse through the bars, and we must consider that in all countries the British are easily found other ruins similar larger and accessible. Especially the fact that Lai is pending.
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  • July 17, 2017
    Tucked away in the Temple district, this bombed out church has an astonishing history and one can see how it has changed over centuries, visually and by reading the info boards. Good photo opportuniti...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    This beautiful bombed out chuch is a hidden little gem in the Temple Mead area. The garden area is a delight to walk through and we saw lots of people eating their lunch here. A nice little area to si...  more »
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  • 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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