Keep­ing knights in or­der

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It was built by an an­cient or­der of knights back in the 13th cen­tury, but today is sur­rounded by an in­dus­trial es­tate.

Grade I listed stone cham­ber Tem­ple Manor in Knight Road, Rochester, was built by the Knights Tem­plar

- a mil­i­tary and re­li­gious or­der founded dur­ing the Cru­sades - and is some­thing of a hid­den her­itage site. Med­way Coun­cil was awarded £50,000 from the Her­itage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots pro­gramme last year to raise its pro­file and has since worked with pupils from Strood Academy to im­prove what’s on of­fer. The im­proved vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence will open on Satur­day, July 7. New graphic pan­els tell how the Or­der of the Tem­ple put up the orig­i­nal build­ing in 1240, how it used the es­tate to fund its work in the Holy Lands and a dig­i­tal avatar, Sergeant Brother Alan, will tell vis­i­tors how he man­aged the es­tate. There will also be a 3D model, tablet giv­ing vis­i­tors a ‘win­dow’ to see how the build­ing looked, plus ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a large floor jig­saw and replica cos­tumes for chil­dren to dress up in, in­clud­ing hel­mets and swords. Visit english-her­itage.org.uk/visit/places/tem­ple-manor

Step inside Med­way’s Tem­ple Manor to learn more about knights

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