Templar Castles: Cressing Temple, England

Templar Castles: Cressing Temple, England

Once home to one of the largest Templar agricultural complexes in England, Cressing Temple was the seat of the Templars in the county of Essex and the funds this vast estate generated went towards paying for the Templars’ activities in the Middle East during the Crusades.

The manor house and most of the buildings the Templars occupied are long gone, but Cressing Temple is still home to the magnificent Barley Barn. Built by the Templars in the 12th Century, this Grade 1 listed building is the oldest timber-framed barn in the world.

Cressing Temple Barns is of significant historic interest for its unique buildings and garden. Internationally renowned for its impressive and remarkably well preserved medieval carpentry, the barns attract visitors from around the world, providing them with a remarkable insight into the building techniques of the time and a glimpse into the lives of the people who built them.

The Grade I listed Barley and Wheat Barns are the oldest known timber framed barns and amongst the few remaining Templar buildings in England.