Cressing Temple Photos

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Pictures from Cressing Temple in Essex including the interiors of the historic Knights Templar barns.

Cressing Temple, situated in Essex, England, is a historically significant site linked to the Knights Templar in England.

Comprising the Cressing Temple Barns, which include Grade I listed Barley and Wheat Barns constructed in the 13th century as part of a vast farmstead established by the Knights Templar. These barns, amongst England's oldest timber structures, served as a crucial financial resource for the Templars' European military campaigns. The Granary, a Grade I listed timber-framed building dating just after 1575, stands as Essex's largest granary. Other 16th and 18th century structures on the site offer a captivating glimpse into the evolving history of the Essex countryside.

Originally belonging to King Stephen during the Anglo-Saxon period, Cressing became a significant Templar holding in 1137.

Cressing Temple later came under the ownership of the Knights Hospitaller. The site is not only distinguished by its architectural heritage but also features meticulously maintained gardens, including the Walled Garden. The Walled Garden, dating back to 1500-1600, served as a formal pleasure garden for the Tudor Great House which stood on the site at that time.
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