For around £575,000 (US$ 870,000), you could own one of the last remaining buildings in England used by the legendary ancient order of Knights Templar.
In their heyday between the 12th and 14th centuries, the Knights Templar were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders.
Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom.
Their abrupt disappearance in 1312 gave rise to speculation and legends (including their guardianship of the true secret of Jesus Christ’s Holy Grail) which have kept the Templar name alive to this day.
Now a very rare piece of their historic real estate at Temple Bruer, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire, has come on to the market.
The site was home to their 12th century monastery, of which only the three-storey tower remains. The sale also includes the 6-bedroom Temple House, parts of which also date back to the 12th century.
The Templars financed their military campaigns through the income generated by their estates all over Europe, including several in Lincolnshire. The Temple Bruer estate was different in that it was ideal for use as a base for practising military manoeuvres.
The Templars eventually grew too wealthy for the liking of the kings of Europe, particularly Philip IV of France, who were deeply in debt to them. The Temple Bruer community was broken up on 10 January 1308 when Edward II of England sent knights to arrest the monk-knights for alleged crimes, none of which were substantiated. The Order was finally disbanded in 1312 by Pope Clement V.
Ian Pygott, of Pygott & Crone which is handling the sale of the Temple Bruer estate, said: “It’s so rare for a property with this level of historic heritage and royal connections to be available on the open market and we see more and more people looking for properties that have a real place in history and a story attached to it. Many people dream of owning a property like this so I don’t expect Temple House to be on the market for long.”
The Tower itself can still be accessed by the public and is maintained by Lincolnshire Heritage.
Beverley Gormley of Lincolnshire Heritage said: “It is almost a secret – not many people know about it but because it is basically in someone’s back garden you cannot advertise it too much. However, it is a wonderful building and we are always willing to show people around if they give us a ring.”
Source: Lincolnshire Echo