Temple Bruer Knights Templar Preceptory Tower

Temple Bruer Knights Templar Preceptory Tower

Temple Bruer Knights Templar Tower

Temple Bruer was once the second wealthiest Templar preceptory in England, after London.

The surviving 12th century tower originally formed part of the Templar church.

The 12th century tower is one of a pair of towers that was once attached to the chancel of the circular-naved Templar church. It is one of the few Templar sites still to have standing remains and its importance is recognised by the fact that it is a Scheduled monument and a Grade I listed building.

The interior walls are covered in masons marks and centuries-worth of symbols carved and scratched into the stone. There are many apotropaic symbols such as daisy wheels, pentangles, triquetras, interlocking 'V's and 'M's. Perhaps these were added by locals after the Templars were arrested and taken to Lincoln Castle, accused of devil worship, infanticide and many other transgressions. It's worth taking a torch with you if you'd like to take a closer look at the walls and ribs!

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Take a look at our animated fly-through which brings the medieval preceptory back to life and shows what it may have looked like in the 14th century when it was held by the Hospitallers.

Location

Information

Temple Bruer preceptory is situated at Temple Farm which is accessed from the lane running between the A15 and Welbourn. It is approached via the farm track and car parking is available immediately beyond the tower on the left of the track.

The tower is open from dawn until dusk all year round.
There are no toilet or refreshment facilities. There are information boards on the site.
  • Please take care as historic sites can be hazardous. There are steps up into the tower and a spiral staircase to the first floor.

further information

contact the site manager

Events

We often organise events at the Tower so please check the website for updates or email htladmin@heritagelincolnshire.org to join our mailing list.

Heritage Lincolnshire staff will be on hand to show visitors around the tower during our Heritage Open Days event on 9th September 2016 and our Halloween event on 30th October 2016.

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Book

The Knights Templar in Kesteven
The Trust has recently republished Dennis Mills’s excellent book The Knights Templar in Kesteven thanks to a grant from Lincolnshire County Council.
The book has been out of print for some time and the updated edition has revised maps and illustrations.

Heritage Lincolnshire manages the Knights Templar site at Temple Bruer on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council.