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

SatNov27
Wedding Service 3:00 pm4:00 pm
SunNov28
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonNov29
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

TueNov30
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec01
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Advent Carol Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuDec02
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am3:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Bar Choral Society Christmas Concert Concert 7:15 pm8:30 pm
FriDec03
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec04
Wedding Service 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Wedding Service 4:00 pm5:00 pm
SunDec05
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec06
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec07
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm

WedDec08
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuDec09
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

FriDec10
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec11
SunDec12
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm

Children's Nativity Play Special Event 3:30 pm4:30 pm
MonDec13
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am2:00 pm

TueDec14
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec15
ThuDec16
Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Temple Church Carol Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriDec17
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec18
SunDec19
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec20
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec21
WedDec22
ThuDec23
Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriDec24
Choral Communion for Christmas Eve Service 11:15 pm11:45 pm
SatDec25
Choral Mattins for Christmas Day Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
SunDec26
MonDec27
TueDec28