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The Knights Templar Lived in Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire

Updated on May 14, 2012

Knights of Templar

Templar Knights a little bit of their history

The Templars first came to my attention when I visited France near Carcassonne in the Languedoc Roussillon region and also, in no small part, because of all the publicity surrounding the book and film called The Da Vinci Code; which created a bit of a furor when it upset the Vatican due to its fictitious take on how modern day religious beliefs evolved.

I now live in France close to Carcassonne and run a self catering holiday apartment there, so my level of interest in the local history has risen significantly. Something I should have probably realised much sooner than I actually did is that the activities and legacy of the Knights Templar is by no means restricted to this region.

This is not really surprising when you consider that the Templars were for 200 years the richest and most powerful military order of the crusades. They originated in Jerusalem in 1118 during the aftermath of the first Crusade and their main purpose in life, at that time, was to protect the pilgrims on route to the Holy Land.

Later on they took to the battlefields and combined war with religious vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Their name the 'Templar Knights' came from the land they were given on the supposed site of Solomon's Temple.

The Templars set up houses or 'preceptories' throughout the Christian world, usually on land donated to them by pious landowners. They often ran farms to provide an income from which they could finance their activities in the Holy Land.

As is often the case, their success in gaining great wealth and privilege resulted in a level of corruption fed by greed, and that caused lapses in their religious vows. The consequences of this were that they became the targets of jealous power mongers of the time.

Many were arrested on trumped up charges for heinous crimes that were fueled by the minor indiscretions they had probably committed in reality. A little bit of the principal of there being no smoke without fire; it was relatively easy to convince people that they were up to much more than they actually were because of these indiscretions.

The end result of course being that by 1312 the whole order was abolished; but not before there has been a whole legacy established throughout the country. Places like Templecombe in Somerset, Cressing Temple in Essex and Temple Meads in Bristol naming but a few.

The legacy of the Knights Templar

Not bad for around a 1000 years old
Not bad for around a 1000 years old

Temple Bruer Lincolnshire

Temple Bruer as it would have been
Temple Bruer as it would have been

Temple Bruer Preceptory Lincolnshire

So there I was visiting Lincolnshire and looking for a good place to walk the dog when I stumbled across a placard describing the history of the Knights Templar and of one of their preceptory buildings, named Temple Bruer, located in the middle of nowhere in rural Lincolnshire.

Temple Bruer was founded in the mid-twelfth century as a monastery and was originally made up of religious, domestic and farm buildings. The only part remaining today is a tower that once stood at the east end of the church. The tower is actually in surprisingly good condition given its age and location, as you can see from the photograph.

Peasants would have been colonised here to farm the 4000 acres of the preceptory's land, but the village they would have lived in has long gone, now buried under the fields.

The Knights Templar of Temple Bruer, according to legend, went the way of their peers when Edward II sent the Sheriff of Lincolnshire to arrest them and lock them up in Claskegate, Lincoln.

Temple Bruer then passed to another crusading order 'The Knights Hospitallers (or the Knights of St John), they occupied the site until the 1530's

So there you have it, a simple stroll in the country to walk the dog and before you know it you have a history lesson to hand, most of the information in this hub is courtesy of the placard placed outside Temple Bruer which provided me with this account of the Templars presence in a small corner of Lincolnshire.

Actually the Templars legacy was not the only similarity I noticed between the South of France and Lincolnshire. Its probably worth noting that the sky seemed every bit as clear and colourful as it it does in France. I suspect the reason for that could well be the absence of huge amounts of traffic and the associated pollution that goes with it.

I couldn't resist a quick photograph of the sunset as we wended our way back to the house and before a swift pint in the village pub. Check it out, could easily be the South of France.

The photograph below is available as a postcard or note card on Moulin Graphic Designs

Sunset near Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire

Clear as a bell, no wonder the Knights Templar felt at home here, although there would not have been too many cars in their day.
Clear as a bell, no wonder the Knights Templar felt at home here, although there would not have been too many cars in their day.

How much history have you stumbled across walking the dog

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Very nice hub, Brian. I really enjoyed the history. What's the difference in the Knights Templar and the Knights of Columbus? I know so little about these organizations.

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      pddm67 7 years ago from Queens, New York

      Great hub. Have always been fascinated by the Knights Templar. Just finished reading "The Templar Revelation". Good book - check it out if you already haven't. Luv the sunset pic too! Rock on!

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Hi Alekhouse, thanks for the comment. The Knights of Columbus were much later and not involved with the crusades. You can find out about them here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_Columbus

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Hi pddm67, thanks for the tip, I'll have a look for that book. Couldn't resist putting the sunset photo in I thought it was a really good one (more to do with the camera than me though).

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for all these information which taught me a lot of Thank you for sharing and I enjoyed it so much. things I never knew.

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      Mohideen Basha 7 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      well presented hub. i enjoyed the history of 'templar'. thank you very much for sharing this history, brian.

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Hi, Hello, hello, there always seems to be something new to learn. I enjoyed writing this as I find the subject really interesting.

      Thank you Sukkran, always appreciate your visits.

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      Bo Heamyan 7 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      Hello Brian

      I enjoyed this article as I have an interest in Templar folklore and I live in Lincolnshire. I had never heard of Temple Bruer but after looking on Google maps, I can see that it is near enough for me to go and take a look at the weekend. Good stuff.

      Lincolnshire is flat and quite sparsely populated making it a treat for people who enjoy big skies and panoramic sunsets; perfect for a lazy, evening pint!

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Hi Bo, like the name by the way. It is actually located on a farm but the public have access rights so don't be put off. It is a good place to walk the dog as well, so if you have one take it with you and enjoy your stroll. Hopefully you have a local pub for a pint after as well.

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      Bo Heamyan 7 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      Cheers Brian.

      I don't have a dog, but will requisition one just to get the full effect...

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      James Mark 7 years ago from York, England

      Stimulating article, thanks. I hadn't realised that the ban was as early as 1312.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I love this Hub, Brian. Thank you for the wonderful photos and the drawing of how Temple Bruer once looked—that adds perspective. I've always had a fascination for the Knights Templar. Some say they secretly evolved into the Masons.

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Thanks to the 2 James for visiting, certainly glad to see James A is still in the frame and fighting.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      An interesting article, Brian. Wish you and your family a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! :)

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      HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

      I was glad to read the Templars were not bothered so much by cars...as we are today I mean.

      I've been very bothered by them lately myself. Not having one can be a hardship. But nearly being run over is even worse, you know.

      My bicycle is like a magnet for those clanking behemoths. They just press the horn and shout out the window as they pass.

      I feel like they must hate me...only having just the two wheels and all. They treat me so..different. and..sometimes...I feel..so dirty.

      WELL! Feels good JUST to share, doesn't it?

      Stop by. Anytime. Tea, crumpets, French Cruellers, whatever.

      HubCrafter

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Wonderful Hub, Brian. I have always been fascinated by the Templars. There is a Templar church in a village near where my lagte brother lived near Monclar d'Agennaise in Lot et Garonne. Just forgotten the name. Love that part of France. Have seen Carcassonne.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Thanks for a bit of history on this.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Brilliant! I am fascinated by the Knights Templar.

      I have a great book on the Templars in France. I belive that it is only available in French and I have used it to find many beautiful out-of-the-way sites in France.

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      Alison Graham 7 years ago from UK

      Hi Brian, thanks for this interesting and informative Hub - by coincidence, I live really close to Templecombe in Somerset and my Husband still owns a small paddock there which is listed as a site of archaeogical interest! Small world, isn't it?!

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I don't write about history too much and I have been pleasantly surprised as to how much attention this hub has received. Lots of traffic and some very nice comments, which are always appreciated. Thanks everyone.

      It really is a small world,although I wouldn't like to paint it, as they say. I actually came across one hubber who lives in the same village as my mother and the place I was born, needless to say I follow her hubs with interest now as they are often about my old stomping ground.

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Beautiful sunset photo Brian, and interesting stuff on the Knights Templar. I am passionately interested in history and love exploring historical sites, so can fully understand how interesting this find was for you, when you were just out for a walk. Cool hub!

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