Knights Templar

Join the Masonic Knights Templar

The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta in England and Wales and Provinces Overseas.

According to legend, the Knights Templar was founded in 1118 AD to protect pilgrims heading for Jerusalem and the Christian Holy places, where the small band of warrior monks established a headquarters. In the year 1118 AD King Baldwin II granted the Templars quarters on the Temple Mount and this forms the link to the Royal Arch.

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Many men, of noble birth, joined the ranks of the Templar Order. Those who were unable to join often gifted the Templars with land and other valuables.

Modern Masonic association with these medieval defenders of the Christian Holy places is linked by the ceremony of Installation in which the Candidate takes the part of a Pilgrim who, by symbolically embarking on a Crusade, is elevated to Knighthood.

The earliest reference to modern Masonic Knight Templar activity in England can be found in the minutes of the Chapter of Friendship (Royal Arch) in Portsmouth, dated 1778, where it was worked as an Appendant Degree. In 1791 a Grand Conclave was formed comprising seven ‘Encampments’ with Thomas Dunckerley as Grand Master. By 1873 ‘Grand Conclave’ was now known as ‘Great Priory’, and ‘Encampments’ were now known as ‘Preceptories’.

The ceremony is very realistic and the regalia spectacular, based upon that worn by the Medieval Knights.

Prospective Candidates must be a Master Mason, a Royal Arch Mason and Christian.

Provincial Prior

E. Kt. Kevin Peter Stannard

Province of Northumberland

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To find out more about the order, contact should be made with the Provincial Vice Chancellor


Number Number Venue
Royal Kent 20 Masonic Hall, Fern Avenue, Jesmond, NE2 2RA
Lindisfarne 226 Freemasons’ Hall, The Parade, Berwick, TD15 1DF
Chibburn 232 Masonic Hall, Norham Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2SE
Brandling 239 Masonic Hall, School Lane, Cramlington. NE23 1DN
Brinkburn 284 Freemasons’ Hall, Dacre Street, Morpeth, NE61 1HW
St. Wilfred of Hexham 461 Masonic Hall, Westfield Terrace, Hexham, NE46 3DJ
St. Aidan 469 Masonic Hall, Gloster Terrace, Amble, NE65 0LN
St. Oswald 481 Masonic Hall, Fern Avenue, Jesmond, NE2 2RA
Thr Prior's Haven 522 Freemasons’ Hall, Albion Road, North Shields, NE30 2RQ
St. George of Throckley 525 Falmouth House, Hexham Road, Throckley, NE15 9DX
Wudcestre 537 Masonic Hall, John Street, Ashington, NE63 0SE
St. Ronan 580 Masonic Hall, Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, NE24 2DR
Northanhymbre 590 Masonic Hall, Moor Edge Road, Shiremoor, NE27 0HU
Templar Segedunum 586 Masonic Hall, Hugh Street, Wallsend, NE28 6RL
Northumbria Guards 600 Masonic Hall, Norham Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2SE
Preceptory of Tutelage 633 Freemasons’ Hall, Dacre Street, Morpeth NE61 1HW