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

FriDec09
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec10
SunDec11
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec12
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm

TueDec13
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Carols for Pro Bono Special Event 6:15 pm7:30 pm
WedDec14
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am12:30 pm
ThuDec15
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm1:45 pm

Temple Church Carol Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriDec16
Church Open for sightseeing 2:00 pm3:00 pm
SatDec17
SunDec18
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec19
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec20
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec21
ThuDec22
FriDec23
Church Closed for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec24
Wedding Service 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Choral Communion for Christmas Eve Service 11:15 pm12:15 am
SunDec25
Choral Mattins for Christmas Day Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec26
TueDec27
WedDec28
ThuDec29
FriDec30
SatDec31
SunJan01
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am
MonJan02
TueJan03
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedJan04
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
ThuJan05
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
FriJan06
Church Open for sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatJan07
SunJan08
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:00 am