ST PETER’S CHURCH RESTORATION PROJECT
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR COFFIN
During the excavation for the buttresses in 1951 a 13th Century coffin lid of Clipsham stone
was unearthed and placed inside the church. The coffin lid is that of a Knight Templar.
The Knights Templar were a monastic military order formed at the end of the First Crusade
with the mandate of protecting Christian pilgrims on route to the Holy Land.
Never before had a group of secular knights banded together and taken the monastic vows.
In this sense they were the first of the Warrior Monks. The Templars fought along side
King Richard I (Richard The Lion Hearted) and other Crusaders in the battles for the Holy Lands.