Coordinates: 50°31′49″N 4°37′04″W / 50.5302°N 4.6178°W / 50.5302; -4.6178
Temple Church
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Red pog.svg Temple shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SX146733
Parish Blisland
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BODMIN
Postcode district PL30
Dialling code 01208
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
List of places: UK • England • Cornwall

Temple (Template:Lang-kw) is a hamlet in the parish of Blisland on Bodmin moor, Cornwall. In 1934, the parish of Temple was incorporated into Blisland parish.

Temple derives its name from the hospice founded by Knights Templars who built a refuge for pilgrims and travellers, en route to the Holy Land, in the 12th century.[1] On the suppression of the Templars it passed into the hands of the Knights Hospitallers who held it until the religious houses were suppressed by Henry VIII. Temple Church became famous as a place where marriages could be performed without banns or licence (similar to Gretna Green until the early 20th century).[1] These abuses came to an end in 1774 when the church first came under episcopal jurisdiction. By the mid 19th century, it had become a ruin and was rebuilt (by Silvanus Trevail) in 1883.[2]


Langdon (1896) recorded the existence of eight stone crosses in the parish, including two cross slabs, all in the churchyard.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bernardi, Dame Stella. "Temple Church Cornwall". Templar Sites in England. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  2. Cornish Church Guide (1925). [Parochial history, by Charles Henderson; Temple, p. 202]. Truro: Blackford

External links


Detail of stained glass window in the church


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