Templecombe Preceptory

[1]Templecombe Preceptory (or Combe Templariorum) was established in 1185 in Templecombe, Somerset, England.

Templecombe Preceptory
Monastery information
OrderKnights Templar then Knights Hospitaller
Important associated figuresOdo of Bayeux
LocationTemplecombe, Somerset, England
Grid referenceST708224
Templecombe Preceptory is located in Somerset
Templecombe Preceptory
Templecombe Preceptory shown within Somerset
(grid reference ST708224)

One of the manors within the parish was held by Earl Leofwine. It was awarded to Bishop Odo of Bayeux after the Norman Conquest. It was his descendant Serlo FitzOdo who granted it to the Knights Templar[1] who established a preceptory in the village in 1185.[2][3]

The preceptory served as an administrative centre for the lands held by the Templars in the south west of England and Cornwall. It may also have been used to train men and horses for the Crusades.[4]

After the Knights Templar were suppressed following the 1307 order by Pope Clement IV,[2] it was granted to the Knights of St John who held it until the dissolution of the monasteries.[1]

An attempt to discover 'the village of the templars' was made by archaeological television programme Time Team.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. pp. 206. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  2. ^ a b Page, William (1911). "House of Knights Templar: The preceptory of Templecombe'". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 2. British History Online. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  3. ^ "St Bernard of Clairveaux, Templecombe, Somerset". Grand Priory of Knights Templar in England and Wales. Archived from the original on 29 June 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  4. ^ Faith, Juliet. The Knights Templar in Somerset. The History Press. p. 25–51. ISBN 9780752452562.
  5. ^ "1996 - 03 - Templecombe, Somerset". Unofficial Time Team Site. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2008.

Coordinates: 51°00′04″N 2°25′05″W / 51.0012°N 2.4181°W / 51.0012; -2.4181