Temple church, Inner Temple, London

The Temple church was originally consecrated in 1185 for use as a chapel for the Knights Templars, or soldier monks. After falling on bad times the Order was abolished in 1307 and Edward II took control of the Temple. By the end of the 16th century the two Inns of Court had erected buildings at the Temple, and in order to protect their future they petitioned King James I for title to the land. On 13 August 1608 he granted the two Inns a Royal Charter giving them use of the Temple in perpetuity. The name of John Jermy is mentioned as a grantee on this charter.

The church was restored by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century, and again in 1841. The church was badly damaged during the blitz of WWII and finally restored in 1958.


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