Knights Templar

The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom


St Thomas a'Becket, London

It supports Great Ormond Street Hospital by raising money through the recycling of old mobile phones; both a charitable and ecological benefit. The Preceptory is also a member of St George's House in Windsor, an organisation committed to bringing people of influence together to look at ways of solving problems in the modern World. Current themes include leadership, ethics, interfaith dialogue, social and community questions, and international affairs.

Other support has included overseas child sponsorship through charities that specialise in this particular form of help.

Once a year, the Preceptory hosts an annual charity dinner in aid of the Order's own Pilgrimage trust. This is usually held at St Katherine Cree near Aldgate.
The Preceptory is also involved in promoting the historical side of Templars in London and takes visitors to many of the well-known, and less well-known, places of interest.

In 2006, the Preceptory co-hosted a visit to the Temple Church as part of a historical study event, and this visit included the Grand Master of the Order and others from the International meeting being held at the time. This was the first time that the Templars have been back at this World-renowned site since the Papal suppression in 1307.

Templar History in London
London is full of Templar-related sites and many Templar events that have occurred over the centuries. There are far too many to list here, but we will add them or provide links to them as we expand this site in the future.

Perhaps the most well-known Templar location is the stunning Temple Church, part of the Temple, between Fleet Street and the Thames. The Church was consecrated in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 10 February 1185 by Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem.
Temple Church became the English headquarters of the Templar Order in the 1160's having moved from a site at Holborn that had been outgrown by the Order's increase in size. It is particularly well-known for the effigies of Knights and has more recently been brought to a wider audience through the publication of the fictional novel, The Da Vinci Code.

More information about Temple Church is available by visiting the Temple Church's official website. A link is provided in the Links section on this website.
Another significant church to the London Preceptory is the Church of All Hallows near the Tower of London. It is the oldest church in the City of London and an arch from the original Saxon church from 675 AD still remains in situ. Despite being damaged during bombing raids in WWII, continues to open its doors seven days a week.
It is associated with many famous people over the centuries; notably it is where many bodies were brought back from The Tower of London after execution. However, on a slightly happier note, it has also been the venue for famous weddings, including that of John Quincy Adams who later became the sixth President of the United States. Continuing the American links, William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania was baptised here in October 1644.
The tower of the church is from where Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist, observed the Great Fire of London, being committing his observations to paper.

From a Templar perspective, the Church has an underground crypt, and it is here that the Templars were imprisoned during the papal suppression of the Order in 1307. There are many Templar artefacts on display here for viewing by today's visitors.

Both the Temple Church and All Hallows by the Tower are well worth a visit today, not only from the Templar influence, but the plethora of other historical links.