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Temple Gardens in Bristol adjoins Temple church.

 

 

It is called Temple church because it was built on the site of the oval church of the Knights Templar, suppressed in 1312. Either just before or just after this suppression the church was rebuilt on a rectangular plan and served as a parish church. The site has been excavated and the oval outline of the former Templars' church is laid out in the turf.

It was also called Holy Cross Church, and included the Guild Chapel of the Bristol Weavers. Cloth weaving was the staple industry of Bristol in the late Middle Ages, and its centre was in Temple parish.

The tower is 114 feet (35 m) high and was built in two phases. The lower stages were built in 1390 but work was stopped when the tower started to lean to the west. By 1460 the city was satisfied that the tower was stable, and the upper stages including a belfry, were added. The lean is popularly attributed to the foundations of the tower being built on top of wool-sacks but is most likely due to the soft alluvial clay underneath being compressed

SHEEP SATURDAY

 

 

 

 

Temple Gardens in Bristol adjoins Temple church.

 

 

It is called Temple church because it was built on the site of the oval church of the Knights Templar, suppressed in 1312. Either just before or just after this suppression the church was rebuilt on a rectangular plan and served as a parish church. The site has been excavated and the oval outline of the former Templars' church is laid out in the turf.

It was also called Holy Cross Church, and included the Guild Chapel of the Bristol Weavers. Cloth weaving was the staple industry of Bristol in the late Middle Ages, and its centre was in Temple parish.

The tower is 114 feet (35 m) high and was built in two phases. The lower stages were built in 1390 but work was stopped when the tower started to lean to the west. By 1460 the city was satisfied that the tower was stable, and the upper stages including a belfry, were added. The lean is popularly attributed to the foundations of the tower being built on top of wool-sacks but is most likely due to the soft alluvial clay underneath being compressed

comments (12)

  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Oct 2015, 06:35
Thank you for the detailed information - but what is about the pinky sheep? - what a funny co-incidence to see the two children playing there while mummy is reading about the Shaun exhibition in Bristol!
Chris: The sheep was part of the event where many Shauns were placed around the City Philine
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 24 Oct 2015, 07:51
hmmm ... letting her children clamber all over priceless English artifacts ... There should be English legislation to stop such abuse of our heritage.

I don't need to worry ''Our friend Dave'' will soon have have things made safe again.
Chris: No doubt you prefer Jeremy's red class war-based solutions to such a state of affairs Comrade!
A very pink sheep.

I can't think of anything else to say


Interesting blurb
Chris: All factual too
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2015, 08:54
I noticed the lean of the tower. I tried to capture in a photo but failed miserably. I don't recall this Shaun as having two small children glued to its underside, though. Nor do I recall it being sunny! Thank you for the information.
Chris: A pleasure
Is the church a ruin or still in service. Hard to tell.
Chris: It's a ruin Mary, a shell
Interesting history there Chris. A "barbie" sheep perhaps
Chris: That is what it looks like Janet
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Oct 2015, 12:53
Yeah...yeah...yeah...

But...what about Sharon The Sheep...
Chris: Aint she a dish Ray!
Now do I look at the church, the sheep or the young lady, decisions, decisions!
Chris: I know Brian, I know..
it's a good history about the Knights Templar and the construction of the church of the Holy Cross Chris...
but i like the kids playing pink and white sheep....petersmile
Chris: Kids love big toys like this Peter
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Oct 2015, 18:36
Go PINK it is....
Being built on wool-sacks.....yep I read it all. I am wearing wool socks, is that the same??
Have a great weekend, still on the other end of the pond.
Chris: I hope you are enjoying yourself Astrid. Would you like me to buy you a PINK hat?
And the sheep??
Chris: Part of the Shaun the Sheep trail in Bristol Tom
The pink flowers is a nice background for the pink sheep. The children seem to like the sheep.
Chris: Bristol went sheep crazy earlier in the year Jacqueyn

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