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Tithes — when the Templars weren’t exempt

Posted on 20 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

One of the Templars' most famous and notorious exemptions was not having to pay tithes (a tenth of income, paid to the Church). This was a particular complaint against the […]

Women workers on the Templars’ estates

Posted on 19 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

A quick glance through the accounts of the Templars' estates while they were in King Edward II's hands suggests that there were very few women employed. The cook who made […]

Temple Bulstrode: cheese, butter and tallysticks

Posted on 15 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

The Templars' manor of Temple Bulstrode was in Hedgerley parish in Buckinghamshire. Today the site is part of Bulstrode Park, open to the public only once a year, and famous […]

Salving the sheep at Cowley and Horspath in 1308

Posted on 13 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

On Wattpad you can find the ingredients for the sheep's salve used on the Templars' sheep at Cowley and Horspath in Oxfordshire in spring 1308: white grease, quicksilver (the metal […]

Paying the rent: the Templars’ tenants in Horspath

Posted on 7 January 2016 by Helen Nicholson

TNA E 142-13 Horspath translation only Horspath corrected without translation Horspath is a village in south Oxfordshire, east of the city of Oxford. The Templars held a manor here, adjoining their […]