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

ThuMay19
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm

Memorial Service - Alistair McCreath Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriMay20
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatMay21
SunMay22
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonMay23
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueMay24
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedMay25
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong for Eve of Ascension Day Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuMay26
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm
FriMay27

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SatMay28
Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SunMay29
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonMay30
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
TueMay31
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
WedJun01
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
ThuJun02
Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
FriJun03

Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SatJun04
Antic Disposition Henry V Special Event 7:30 pm9:40 pm
SunJun05
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am
MonJun06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJun07
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJun08
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
ThuJun09
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriJun10
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

SatJun11
SunJun12
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am
MonJun13
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueJun14
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJun15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
ThuJun16
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriJun17
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

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