Knights Templar Church & HQs in London since 1199


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1128 The Knights Templar Leader visited England to raise men and money for the Crusades = French nobleman Hughes de Payens, the founder and Grand Master of the order of the Knights Templar.

1154-1189 King Henry II granted the Templars land across England, including some territory by Castle Baynard on the River Fleet, where they built a round church, patterned after the Knights Templar headquarters on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Templar estate at Cressing Temple in Essex was one of the very earliest and largest Templar estates in England.  The Templars also were given the right to nominate the clergy of St Clement Danes.

Aerial view of Cressing Temple Barn and Complex in Essex, UK

1184 the Templars’ headquarters was transferred to the New Temple or Temple Church in London where once again they built a round church, this one patterned after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and in 1185 became the location for initiation rituals.  By 1185, the Knights Templar owned extensive holdings in London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Salop, Oxfordshire, Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.  The Temple Church still stands on the site of the old Preceptory in London, and effigies of Crusading Templars can still be seen there today. The land was later rented to lawyers who use it today as Inner Temple and Middle Temple.

1185-onward Templars were heavily involved in English financial matters and were accused of embezzling taxes collected in the Saladin tithe of 1188.  Also, in 1185 a hospital was granted to the Knights Templars, for the use of sick persons, founded at Newark, Nottinghamshire.

1189–1199 King Richard I confirmed the Templars’ land holdings and granted them immunity from all TAXES, suits.  They were even freed from prosecution or being taxed for murders and were free to commit raids and robbery.

1199-Onward — The London Temple Church in the City of London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters during the reign of King John (1199–1216).  It served as the royal treasury, supported by the role of the Knights Templars as porto-international bankers. The Temple Church, often called the Temple of Solomon, is famous for being a round church, a common design feature for Knights Templar churches. It was heavily damaged by German bombing during World War II and has since been greatly restored and rebuilt. The area around the Temple Church is known as the Temple and nearby stood the Temple Bar, first mentioned in 1293. Nearby is the Temple Underground station.

The Freemasons’ Hall in 2011 provided a Building Solomon’s Temple exhibition and the Library and Museum of Freemasonry explored how freemasonry took King Solomon’s Temple and provided material for use in Masonic ceremonies and architecture. For more than 200 years, the concept of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem had been central to organized freemasonry and had influenced its symbolism, architecture and ceremonies.

1199 King John gave land for the first The Temple Church in the City of London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters.

1199-1216 King John used the Templar temple as the royal treasury with the Knights Templars as his international bankers. The temple was owned jointly by two of four Lawyer Societies, one was  called the Honorable Society of the Middle Temp who call their members barristers of the English Bar.

1200s The Honorable Society of the Inner Temple, commonly known as Inner Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court (professional associations for barristers and judges) in London. To be called to the Bar and practice as a barrister in England and Wales, an individual must belong to one of these Inns. It is located in the wider Temple area of the capital, near the Royal Courts of Justice, and within the City of London.  No one could be a lawyer without membership in one of these societies that also trained them to follow specific so-called Professional rules.  The four inns are ruled over by a council made up of the Masters of the Bench (or “Benchers”).  The Temple was the property of the Knights Templar until 1312 when the Catholic Church disowned them (too powerful and wealthy).  At one point in 1600s the Inner Temple had 1,700 students.

1381 The Temple was almost entirely destroyed in the Peasants’ Revolt also called Wat Tyler’s Rebellion or the Great Rising, was a major uprising across large parts of England over anger at the poverty, taxes, and mistreatment of the masses and multiplied by the Black Death of the 1340s.  The final trigger for the revolt was when in Essex they attempted to collect unpaid poll taxes. A wide spectrum of rural society, including many local artisans and village officials, rose up in protest against their serfdom, burning court records.

1800s for following 100 years the temple was restored with added buildings constructed including a Library.  During WW II the area was destroyed, and was rebuilt by 1959, and today the Temple is a flourishing and active Inn of Court, with over 8,000 members.  The Middle Temple Inns of Court is basis of the English legal profession.

1199-1216 King John had borrowed (Usury Interest loans) substantially form the Knights Templar. King John was resident at the Temple when the he gave the Barons the island of Lundy and as land at Huntspill, Cameley, Harewood, Radnage and Northampton.

1200 Pope Innocent III issued a Papal Order giving immunity of persons and goods within the houses of the Knights Templar from local laws to insure the New Temple could be a safe royal treasury & repository for the order’s continuously growing wealth. These massive financial resources provided the basis for the development of the Templar’s English banking facilities that centuries later joined with the Rothschilds Crime Syndicate.

The relationship of the CROWN to the Templars look like a modern day “Hi 5”

1207-1272 King Henry III also took usury loans from the Templars and kept the king’s Wardrobe on Templar property.  He entrusted Templar knights with military, financial and diplomatic commissions, and even considered being buried in the Temple.

1231 King Henry III establish an endowment for Templar monks and priests including a chapel, altar, or other parts of a church to celebrate masses for the founder’s soul.

LONDON WAS UP ITS NECK IN TEMPLAR BANKSTERS — The first Templar House in England was in London. Early patrons included King Stephen of England and Queen Matilda.

1239-1307 King Edward I had accorded the Knights Templar a slighter role in public affairs, financial issues and chose the BLACK NOBILITY of Italy for trade, banking, and diplomacy.

1283 Edward I raided the treasury to wipe out the massive monarch debts and have wealth for the monarchs.  This is when many of the Templars set up their wealth in both Switzerland’s caves and in Scotland, just next door to England and also with ZERO relationship to the Catholic Church.

1307 King Edward the II did not believe Philip IV, King of France accusations at first but when Pope Clement V began shutting down the authorization for the Templars, Edward ordered the seizure of members in England and only a handful of Templars were duly arrested.  Most were released but William de la More refused to bow to the Catholics and remained a prisoner in the Tower of London until his death.  In 1314, under further pressure from King Philip IV of France, the Pope Clement V officially disbanded the Order. Clement issued a Papal Bull which granted the lands of the Templars to the Knights Hospitaller, but this was ignored.  Starting in 1347, the Hospitaller priests started renting part of the English Temple to lawyers evolving into the Inner Temple and Middle Temple as Inns of Court.

1307-1308, the Templars went unmolested in England. During this period many fugitive Templars, seeking to escape torture and execution, fled to apparent safety there or to safer Scotland.  In 1309 a few half-hearted arrests were made and released with a promise to stop pagan worship.  Most Templars in England were never arrested, and the persecution of their leaders was brief.  Most Templar lands and assets were given the Hospitallers and large numbers of Templars joined the Hospitallers and some went to Scotland.

1199-1254 Baldock in Hertfordshire was a town founded by the Knights Templar and was their English headquarters. The newspaper reported Templar tunnels beneath the town of Hertford, centering on Hertford Castle, where in 1309 four Templars from Temple Dinsley near Hitchin were imprisoned after their arrest by Edward II. It was believed that the tunnels were holding some of the Templar treasure and others believed it was in Royston Cave.  In 1842 (300 years later) workmen accidentally stumbled upon Royston Cave under a heavy millstone they found carvings of Knights, but no treasure, perhaps done by a few Templars that worshiped the pagan gods in secret.

In Scotland it is accepted fact that the Templars evolved into Freemasons though the British deny this to an EXTREME.  Freemasons openly honor the Templars and use much of the rituals and symbols.

1159 Much of the land in Strood, Kent which was a royal manor until Henry II, was given to the Knights Templar.  The Templars had assembled a range of buildings in Strood by 1185, which included a timber hall, barns, kitchens and stables. One stone building with a large hall built in 1240 has survived to the present day. In fact, nearly any site in England which uses the name “Temple,” can probably be traced to Templar origins.

TEMPLARS are still claimed by modern organizations such as the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ), also known as the “Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi and a United Nations NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) admits that their group was founded in 1804, “based on the traditions” of the pagan medieval order.

2004 Article in The London Times, one modern group in Hertfordshire (not affiliated to OSMTH) claims that although the medieval order officially ceased to exist in the early 14th century, that the majority of the organization survived underground. The Times article states that the group has written to the Vatican, asking for an official apology for the medieval persecution of the Templars. 2004 in Rome, a Vatican spokesman said that the demand for an apology would be given “serious consideration”. However, Vatican insiders said that Pope John Paul II, 84 at the time, was under pressure from conservative cardinals to “stop saying sorry” for the errors of the past, after a series of papal apologies for the Crusades, the Inquisition, Christian anti-Semitism and the persecution of scientists and “heretics” such as Galileo.

2011- Today, the Freemasons of London admit the Templars philosophy and origins are closely built into the Freemasons.