History

The Temple Church is one of the most historic and beautiful churches in London. Use the left-margin tool-bar to read its story, period by period. Here are eight hundred years of history: from the Crusaders in the 12th century, through the turmoil of the Reformation and the founding father of Anglican theology, to some of the most famous church music in London, week by week – music which we invite you to come and hear when you are next within striking distance of the Temple.

The Church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century. The Church is in two parts: the Round and the Chancel. The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem. It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders’ world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is a numinous space – and has a wonderful acoustic for singing.

For more history please visit the timeline.

What’s On In Summary

MonSep27
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm
TueSep28
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am2:00 pm

WedSep29
ThuSep30
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriOct01
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatOct02
SunOct03
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

MonOct04
Memorial Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
TueOct05
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Memorial Service Service 5:45 pm6:45 pm
WedOct06
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Charles Andrews Concert 1:15 pm2:15 pm

ThuOct07
Holy Communion Service 1:00 pm1:30 pm

BBC Singers and Anna Lapwood Organ Concert 2:00 pm3:00 pm
FriOct08
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatOct09
Wedding Service 1:00 pm2:00 pm
SunOct10
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonOct11
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueOct12
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Memorial Service Service 5:45 pm6:45 pm
WedOct13
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm


Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuOct14
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriOct15
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatOct16
Wedding Service 2:00 pm3:00 pm
SunOct17
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonOct18
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm

TueOct19
Church Open for Sightseeing 1:00 pm4:00 pm
WedOct20
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm


Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuOct21
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriOct22
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatOct23
SunOct24
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonOct25
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueOct26
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedOct27
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Lunchtime Organ Recital: Roger Sayer Concert 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm