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Temple Church, also known as Holy Cross Church, (grid reference ST5972) 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.
Temple Church Reviews
I came here for a visit the other day. Unfortunately on the days there was a group of drunks what would be the entrance. Not sure if this was regular or just bad luck, but there was crap everywhere... more »
A quiet spot amid the bustle of the city. Well worth a look - the tower is not quiet the angle of Pisa - but it is certainly not square. If you are close go look for yourself. more »
The history that this church holds is great. 900 yr old church inside a derelict 600 year old church. Knights Templar
The church's story is fascinating. You are there looking for what it is now and imagine what it was before. Also the garden beside is a place to stay and calm down.
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