What Happened to the Assets Owned by the Knights Templar in Grimsby, Lincolnshire?
Here’s a quick, but non-the-less interesting, Medieval Mystery for you . . .
If you want a Medieval Mystery then you can do no better than latch it onto the Knights Templar, ask countless authors!
The mysterious group of Warrior Monks were once more powerful than many Kings and their empire spread across the world.
Their assets ranged from an entire country to huge castles right down to small fields in Lincolnshire.
In 1307 it all came to an end with mass arrests and eventually the whole order was dissolved by the Pope (under pressure form the King of France)
By papal decree, the land and property of the Templars was given to the Order of Hospitallers
All this is Templar History 101
We know the Knights Templar were in Grimsby so presumably their assets transferred to the Hospitallers ?
Well now, it wasn’t, so . . . what happened to it?
In 1185, we know from records, they had one toft of land gifted by William Son of Ralph, another gift of land from Ralph son of Dru, and in the mid 1200s Alan of Bassingburn gifted them a parcel of land with a value of £4 15s a year
There may well have been more. I’m not sure exactly what it all added up to nor the relative value of Bassingburn’s gift but it must have been significant as it allowed the Templars to claim themselves Feudal Magnates.
Because of the land grant they claimed right to hold their own court, charge road tolls, insist that burgesses have their corn milled at the Templar’s mill - in short they made money but also local enemies.
What I’m wondering is, according to B.A. Lee’s book Records of the Templars in England in the 12th Century the land and property of the Templars in Great Grimsby did not go to the Hospitallers, unlike the most of the rest of Lincolnshire.
The land and property didn’t evaporate, so who did get their hands on those Templar holding in Grimsby?