Yorkshire Templars arrested in fateful year of 1308


cropped-templar-artworkI’ve mentioned Temple Newsam in two previous posts so one more fact to share with all Yorkshire Templar enthusiasts – I assume such people exist.  When the command came from the Pope to round up the Templars, who exactly got arrested at Temple Newsam, the estate just outside the modern northern English city of Leeds?  According to contemporary documents – the preceptor was a knight called Geoffrey des Arches and he was taken away with his brothers running preceptories at Temple Hirst, Faxfleet and Cowton.

Other Yorkshire Templars rounded up included Thomas de Betterby, a porter at Temple Hirst called Adam Creyte, Henry de Kereton and Roger de Sheffield from Cowton and Stephen de Radenage, a priest from Westerdale.  Names that also are recorded are Henry Craven, Patrick de Ripon and Richard de Ripon and Thomas de Stanford.

Yorkshire accounted for a large chunk of Templar wealth in England which annually came to about £4,720.  That doesn’t sound much in today’s money but this is when a pound was a substantial amount of money.  Having said that, if I tell you that the value of Temple Newsam at its confiscation in 1308 was £93 17 shillings and 2 pence – it does come across as a bit trifling.

It must have come across to the Templar knights as a terrible twist of fate to have Edward II shutting Temple Newsam down when just eight years earlier, they had put up his father, Edward I, on his way to fight the Scots.

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