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Templecombe Preceptory
Monastery information
Order Knights Templar then Knights Hospitaller
Established 1185
Disestablished 1539
Founder Leofwine
Important associated figures Odo of Bayeux
Location Templecombe, Somerset, England
Grid Reference ST708224
Templecombe Preceptory is located in Somerset
Templecombe Preceptory shown within Somerset
(grid reference ST708224)

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

One of the manors within the parish was held by Earl Leofwine who gave it 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] After they 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 the Time Team television programme.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. pp. 206. ISBN 1874336261.  
  2. ^ a b Page, Wlliam (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. Retrieved 8 January 2010.  
  4. ^ "1996 - 03 - Templecombe, Somerset". Unofficial Time Team Site. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  


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