Keeping knights in order
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