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A preceptory was historically the headquarters of any of the various orders of Christian Knights, such as the Knights Hospitaller and Templar, within a given geographic area. Governed by a preceptor, who was answerable to the Grand Master of the respective order. A preceptory's main focus would be its church and accommodation for the brethren.
Until their disbandment in 1312, the Knights Templar were major landowners on the higher lands of Lincolnshire where they had a number of preceptories on property which provided income while Temple Bruer was an estate on the Lincoln Heath, believed to have been used also for military training. The preceptories from which the Lincolnshire properties were managed were:
- Aslackby Preceptory, Kesteven (TF0830)
- Bottesford, Lindsey (SE8907)
- Eagle, Kesteven (SK875672)
- Gainsborough, Lindsey (SK8189)
- Great Limber, Lindsey, (TA1308)
- Horkstow, Lindsey (SE9818)
- South Witham, Kesteven (SK928205)
- Temple Bruer, Kesteven (TF0054)
- Willoughton, Lindsey (SK9393)
- Byard's Leap (SK990494) was part of the Temple Bruer estate.
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