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Knights Templar Church, Dover
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Knights Templar Church, Dover
OS grid reference TR 31288 40719
Built 11th Century
Built for Templars
Reference no. 467854

The Knights Templar Church in Dover is the ruins of a medieval church on Bredenstone hill, part of the Dover Western Heights in Kent, England. It has been designated by English Heritage as a scheduled monument.

History

The church followed the same plan as the New Temple Church in London but smaller in scale. It was probably used before the church moved to Temple Ewell in 1170, and built the Norman church of St Peter and St Paul.

In 1309, Ralph de Malton was the preceptor of the church.

It was discovered in 1806 during construction of the fortifications on Dover Western Heights, according to Matthew Paris the site of King John's submission to the papal legate Pandulph in May 1213.

The church has a circular nave, 10 metres in diameter, and an oblong chancel. Built mainly of flint rubble with ashlar facings. This unusual form mirrors that of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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