Temple Church | Bristol, England

22 September 2014

Like most places with the word 'Temple' in the title, Temple Church in Bristol was founded by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. The original building was an oval shape, similar to Temple Church in London. However, after falling into ruin, the current building was constructed in the 14th century. The church itself was built on marshy ground, resulting in the tower to lean on a 5 foot slant.

In 1778, an exorcism was performed inside the church. If there's one thing that absolutely frightens me to the core, it's exorcisms, so we'll discuss that no further. 

During World War II, Bristol was the fifth most heavily bombed city in the UK due to its active harbour and airplane manufacturing company. On the 24 and 25 of November 1940, Temple Church was bombed, leaving only the exterior standing. The interior of the building is still considered unsafe, thus visitors are only allowed access to the surrounding grounds. 

Temple Church is a short walk away from Temple Meads Train Station and is perfect for a quick visit! The Gardens surrounding the church are beautiful and quiet, so bring a book and enjoy the scenery! 
Notice the slant of the tower?
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