Knights Templar in

England

Temple Bruer Knights Templar Preceptory Tower

Lincoln

Mary Magdalene...the tower behind is Temple Bruer.

The quest to find Mary Magdalene goes on and into Lincolnshire. The first port of call was the Temple Bruer Preceptory, one of the few Knights Templar sites left in England where any ruins remain standing. The surviving 13th century tower originally formed part of the Templar church. What is fascinating and a mystery to some is the chiselled entrance to the tower; something too big had to be taken out. By my measurements, research and channelling combined has shown this to be a tomb, specifically the tomb of Mary Magdalene. Also, noted and seen were the “double M” in one symbol which the Templars engraved to show Mary Magdalene. I also counted Nine stone arches around the tower lower wall where the tomb would have rested. (Nine letters in Magdalene) A large constructed X is seen from above on the stone ceiling, alluring to the “X marks the treasure”.

The tomb was passed onto Lincoln Cathedral where it lay hidden before being moved again. There is a painting of Mary Magdalene that has long been hidden but now finally on view. It shows Mary in her usual red attire, but she looks on at these ancient texts. Behind her is what I believe to be the tower structure of Temple Bruer, further indicating that her tomb was there and it was passed to Lincoln Cathedral. It's worth noting that Lincoln Cathedral is built upon an early church dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Another church was built in her name further along the main path which became my 62nd Magdalene church visit. Lincoln Cathedral also has a building called Chapter house; the Templars were on trial here in this round building and spent some time in Lincoln Castle awaiting trial.

There is a stained-glass window in the Chapter House which commemorates the long inquisition held there into the Order in 1310. No charges were, in the event, brought against them. An aerial view of the Cathedral shows it to be in the shape of the Cross of Lorraine, the original insignia employed by the Templars. As for the tomb of Mary Magdalene, her journey continues as does mine 😉😇

Lincoln Castle

A detailed visit to Lincoln Castle on day 2 showing how the Templars were incarcerated whilst awaiting trials held in the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral. Unlike the European torture and execution of the Templars, the English response was a lot kinder and many Templars had the choice of change of allegiance to the Knights Hospitaller, cessation of membership or imprisonment. I believe the Templars exchanged knowledge and information regarding the Tomb and more for their safety, possibly with someone in a high position and who sympathized with the Templars.

Some of the finest prisoner carvings in Europe can be seen to this day in Lincoln Castle including the Magdalene marking of the double M. Walking in their footsteps from Chapter House towards the castle then up into the pathway along the castle wall. From there reaching Cobb Hall Tower were steps going down towards the inner dungeons. These were like small stonewall compartments with a narrow window to look out of. Hooks still remain on the wells where chains were once used. Templar engravings were found down there around the walls. A Magdalene Angel was left there, hidden from view within the stone bricks and near another double M carving.

Onto Lucy Tower, originally one storey high, enclosed the constable of the castle’s living quarters which were constructed in timber. The tower's east and a west wing have not survived. In the early 19th century the tower became a burial ground. Graves of prisoners who were hanged at the castle still lie within.

The Observatory Tower's turret was next and what a view; added in the early 19th century, it sits at the top of the original medieval stonework. The purpose of the turret is not known, but it may have gained its name from the time John Merryweather who was gaol keeper of the Georgian gaol between 1799 and 1830. His hobby was astronomy and gazing at the stars through his telescope.

**The tomb has since been moved and kept being moved in various locations until its final resting place.