The Knights Templar in Aslackby in Lincolnshire
A look at these iconic and mysterious soldiers and crusaders and their life in a specific place, including a photograph of a fantastic original artefact . . .
Aslackby sits right on the edge of Fen Country in Lincolnshire, it’s got a lot of history but today we’ll confine our attentions to perhaps the most exciting part of it.
The legendary Knights Templar were once well and truly resident in Aslackby - right here in Lincolnshire.
The Templars owned land everywhere of course but not everywhere became a Templar centre, Aslackby did and the Knights Templar built a preceptory here and rather marvellously a church, not just a church but one of their signature round churches.
The preceptory was founded when Hubert of Rye gave the Religious Order the land, church and chapel circa 1164.
It was ideally situated beside a Roman Road for good transport links and the right sort of land for wool production etc.
I find this history as depressing as it is exciting . .. why?
Not much remains of the Knights Templar empire in the UK, especially Lincolnshire, we do have the Magnificent Temple Bruer of course but not much else is the form of standing stone - Aslackby was different though, much was extant relatively late in history.
The last remnant of the Preceptory Tower were still standing in 1891 when it was demolished, or supposedly fell down, the church ended up being built / rebuilt into a farmhouse which was still being described in journals in the late 18th century.
Here’s a photograph of a fabulous piece of carved stone which was saved and recorded nearly 100 years ago . . .
This piece of stone was rescued when the final remains of the Templar buildings at Aslackby were tragically demolished and this was the centre of the arched vault of the crypt !
It’s an heraldic device which I’ve been thus far unable to attribute with any definitiveness and quite marvellous, thankfully somebody in the late 1800s had the sense to offer a few quid for it.
I’ve not looked into this but I wonder where it is now . . .
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