Timeline

1185-1307: The Knights Templar

The Temple Church was consecrated in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 10 February 1185 by Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem…

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1185: The Round Church

On 10 February 1185 Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, processed into the Round for the church’s consecration. The King was almost certainly present…

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The Fall of the Templars

Little more than fifty years after the consecration of the chancel, the Templars fell on evil times.  The Holy Land was recaptured by the Saracens and so their work came to an end.

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1585-91: Richard Hooker and the Battle of the Pulpit

Richard Hooker was appointed Master of the Temple in 1585. England was in alarm. The threat from Catholic Europe had revived…

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1608: The Royal Charter

By the end of the 16th century, the two Inns of Court had erected many fine buildings at the Temple, yet their position as tenants was not a secure one…

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1682-8: After the Fire of London; the Battle of the Organs 

Another conflict took place in the 17th century.   After the Great Fire of London in 1666 the church, though undamaged, was refurbished by Sir Christopher Wren…

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1840s: The Victorian Restoration

In 1841 the church was again restored, by Smirke and Burton, the walls and ceiling being decorated in the high Victorian Gothic style. The object of this was to bring the church back to its original appearance…

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The 20th Century

In 1923 Dr GT Thalben-Ball was appointed organist and choirmaster. This musician, later world- renowned, was to serve the church even longer than his predecessor…

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