Time: 2.00 – 3.30
Venue: Castleford Forum Library & Museum, Carlton St, Castleford WF10 1BB
The Knights Templar, a medieval religious and military order, have been the subject of a great deal of speculation in recent years. During this talk I look at their role as fighters in the Middle East and as farmers at home. There’s no Holy Grail, no secret societies – just good solid history. Come along and find out the truth about the Templars.
The landscaped gardens of Temple Newsam are a familiar sight to many Leeds people. It’s often thought that the Temple part of the name owes its origins to this 18th century folly tucked away in the woods. That’s not the case. In the Middle Ages the small village of Newsam was owned by the Knights Templar. They were the ones to first call the place Temple Newsam to distinguish their property from other Yorkshire villages also called Newsam.