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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
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knights, the cells and apartments of the chaplains and serving brethren, the conncil chamber where the chapters were held, and the refectory or dining-hall, which was connected, by a range of handsome cloisters, with the magnificent church, consecrated by the patriarch. Alongside the river extended a spacious pleasure ground for the recreation of the brethren, who were not permitted to go into the town without the leave of the Master. It was used also for military exercises and the training of the horses. The year of the consecration of the Temple Church, Geoffrey, the superior of the order in England, caused an inquisition to be made of the lands of the Templars in this country, and the names of the donors thereof,* from which it appears, that the larger territorial divisions of the order were then called bailiwicks, the principal of which were London, Warwic, Concie, Meritune, Gutinge, Westune, Lincolnscire, Lindeseie, Widine, and Eboracisire, (Yorkshire.) The number of manors, farms, churches, advowsons, demesne lands, villages, hamlets, windmills, and watermills, rents of assize, rights of common and free warren, and the amount of all kinds of property, possessed by the Templars in England at the period of the taking of this inquisition, are asto nishing. Upon the great estates belonging to the order, prioral houses had been erected, wherein dwelt the procurators or stewards charged with the management of the manors and farms in their neighbourhood, and with the collection of the rents. These prioral houses became regular monastic establishments, inhabited chiefly by sick and aged Templars, who retired to them to spend • Anno ah incarnatione Domini MCLXXXV. facta est iste mcpiisitio de terraxum donatoribuB, ct earum possessori m», eccleaiarum sci), et roolendmorum, et ten-arum assjganim, et in dominico habìtarum, et de roddirJbus assis» per Angb'am. per fratjem fìaUridum fi Hum Stephani, quando ipse suscepit ballino! de Anglia, qui stimino studio preedicla inquirendo curaro soUicitam exbibuit, ut majoris notiti» posteri» expressioneni gcneraret, et perricacibuB omnimodrun noctmdi rescinderet facuitatem. Ex. cod. MS. in Scaco, penes Remo?. Regis, fol. i. a. \ Dugd, Monast. Augi. voi. vi, part ii. p. 820. a 2

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