Temple, Cornwall

Temple (Cornish: Tempel) is a small village in the parish of Blisland on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England, UK. The village is bypassed by the A30 road.

Temple Church
Temple is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSX146733
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBODMIN
Postcode districtPL30
Dialling code01208
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°31′49″N 4°37′04″W / 50.5302°N 4.6178°W / 50.5302; -4.6178Coordinates: 50°31′49″N 4°37′04″W / 50.5302°N 4.6178°W / 50.5302; -4.6178

History and antiquitiesEdit

Temple derives its name from the hospice or preceptory founded by the Knights Templars who built a refuge for pilgrims and travellers, en route to the Holy Land, in the 12th century. On the suppression of the Templars it passed into the hands of the Knights Hospitallers (in 1314), who held it until the religious houses were suppressed by Henry VIII. In 1901 it was a curacy of Warleggan and in 1934, the parish of Temple was incorporated into Blisland parish.[1][2]


Temple Church is a Grade II* listed building built c.1120 on land owned by the Knights Templar. It became famous as a place where marriages could be performed without banns or licence (similar to Gretna Green until the early 20th century).[2] This came to an end in 1744 when the church first came under episcopal jurisdiction. By the mid-19th century, it had become a ruin and a final service was held on 29 January 1882, in front of a ″large congregation″ led by the Reverend J Brown.[3] It was rebuilt (by Silvanus Trevail) in the following year.[4] The church is dedicated to St Catherine.[5]

The church contains several references to its links with the Knights Templar, including a cross pattée in the east window and a depiction of a mounted knight in the north window of the church tower.


Arthur Langdon (1896) recorded the existence of eight stone crosses in the parish, including two cross slabs, all in the churchyard.[6] Several of these crosses were subsequently incorporated into a stone outbuilding on the south side of the church.[7]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "A Clergyman Found Dead Near Bodmin". The Cornubian and Redruth Times. No. 1962. 25 January 1901. p. 7.
  2. ^ a b Bernardi, Dame Stella. "Temple Church Cornwall". Templar Sites in England. Archived from the original on 5 November 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  3. ^ "The ancient Church of Temple". The Cornishman. No. 186. 2 February 1882. p. 4.
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925). [Parochial history, by Charles Henderson; Temple, p. 202]. Truro: Blackford
  5. ^ "Church of St Catherine". English Heritage – Pastscape. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  6. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard
  7. ^ Temple Church Bodmin Moor, Church Welcome Leaflet

External linksEdit

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