Knights Templar site for sale

The historic Temple Bruer farm site is up for sale.
The historic Temple Bruer farm site is up for sale.

Farm buildings on the site of 900-year-old Knights Templar ruins are for sale in a rare opportunity to own a piece of medieval history.

The five-and-a-half acre Temple Bruer farmstead at Wellingore is on the market for £900,000.

Dating back to the 1100s, the site was founded by the eponymous crusading warriors who were charged by Christ with protecting Christians in the Holy Land.

The site up for sale stands in the shadow of the early 13th century Knights Templar preceptory tower.

It is one of the few Templar sites still standing in the UK.

The tower was previously attached to a circular-naved church, which no longer stands.

The Grade I listed building is not part of the sale of this plot, which features four historic stone farm buildings, each ranging in size from 2,100 to 4,600 square foot.

However, it is part of the sale of the six-bedroom Temple Bruer house next door, on the market for £575,000.

The farm site has planning permission for a residential conversion to create four large homes out of the traditional stone buildings.

Both sites are being sold by Pygott and Crone, in Sleaford, which describes the old farmstead as a rarely-available opportunity with immense potential.

By the end of the 12th century, Temple Bruer was reckoned as a full manor and had a village of 37 tenants attached to it.

After the persecution of the Templars in the early 1300s, the property passed to their rivals, the Knights Hospitallers. The site later practised sheep farming and produced grain.

The area around the tower was excavated in 1833 and again in 1908, when evidence of the church was discovered.