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Monument Number 52961

Hob Uid: 52961
Location :
Leeds
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : SE3530030800
Summary : Possible chapel with associated earthworks formerly interpreted as the alleged site of a preceptory of Knights Templars (but see SE33SE6). Some stone coffins have also been recovered. The site has since been destroyed by open cast mining.
More information : [SE 353 308] The foundations of a rectangular building, apparently a chapel, were discovered together with stone coffins in 1903, about 50 yds. south of Templethorpe Farm. To the east of the farm, and separated from it by a ditch or moat, earthworks suggest a building or camp. It is suggested that the site may be the preceptory of Knights Templars [see SE 33 SE 6]. (1)

An active, open cast mining site now incorporates the area in which these discoveries were made. No further finds have been reported during the process of removing the top soil.(a) Mr. F. Craven, tenant of Temple Thorpe Farm, is unable to add any further siting information, and has no knowledge of the disposal of the coffins.

No recognizable earthwork now exists to the east of the farm, or in the vicinity. Although this seems a possible alternative site for the preceptory, the locally accepted position is at Temple Newsam. [SE 33 SE 6] (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Thoresby Society Publication 15, 1909, 174-6 (W. Braithwaite)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 RWE 29-OCT-63
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Source Number : 2a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : G. Anderson Resident Engineer N.C.B. Oxbow Site.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Chapel, Coffin, Earthwork, Templars Preceptory
Evidence : Destroyed Monument, Find, Conjectural Evidence

Components and Objects:
Period : Medieval
Component Monument Type : Chapel, Coffin, Earthwork, Templars Preceptory
Object Type :
Object Material : Stone

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 33 SE 7
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TEMPLE NEWSAM (SOUTH OF TEMPLETHORPE FARM)
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1903-01-01
End Date : 1903-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 33 SE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1963-10-29
End Date : 1963-10-29
Associated Activities : Primary, TEMPLE THORPE FARM
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1989-01-01
End Date : 1991-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TEMPLE THORPE FARM/SKELTON GRANGE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1989-01-01
End Date : 1991-12-31