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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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Hall" may prove interesting, as showing the state of the edifice previous to that period. " From the proportions, the state of decay, the materials of the eastern and southern walls, the buttresses of the southern front, the pointed form of the roof and arches, and the rude sculpture on the two doors of public entrance, the hall is evidently of very great antiquity The northern wall appears to have been rebuilt, except at its two extremities, in modern times, but on the old foundations. , . . The roof was found to be in a very decayed and precarious state ; many timbers were totally rotten. It appeared to have undergone reparation at three separate periods of time, at each of which timber had been unnecessarily added, so as finally to accumulate a weight which had protruded the northern and southern walls. It became, therefore, indispensable to remove ail the timber of the roof, and to replace it in a lighter form. On removing the old wainscoting of the western wall, a perpendicular crack of considerable height and width was discovered, which threatened at any moment the fall of that extremity of the building with its superincumbent roof. ... . The turret of the clock and the southern front of the hall ara only eased with stone; this was done in the year 1741, and very ill executed. The structure of the turret, composed of chalk, ragstone, and rubble, (the same material as the walls of the church,) seems to be very antient ... . The wooden cupola of the bell wa3 so decayed as to let in the rain, and was obliged to be renewed in a form to agree with the other parts of the southern front." " Notwithstanding the Gothic character of the building, in the year 1680, during the treasurershipofSir Thomas ltobinson.prothonotary of 0. B., a Grecian screen of the Doric order was erected, surmounted by lions' heads, cones, and other incongruous devices." " In the year 1741, during the treasurership of John Blencowc,

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