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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 358



by means of a covered way or cloister, which rau at right angles with them over the site of the present cloister-chambers, and eommmunicated with the npper and under story of the chapel of St. Anne, which formerly stood on the south side of the church. By means of this corridor and chapel the brethren of the Temple had private access to the church for the performance of their strict religious duties, and of their secret ceremonies of admitting novices to the vows of the order. In 9 Jac. I. A. D . 1612, some brick buildings three stories high were erected over this antient cloister by Francis Tate, esq., and being burnt down a few years afterwards, the interesting covered way which connected the church with the antient convent was involved in the general destruction, as appears from the following inscription upon the present buildings : " VETUSTISSIMA TEMPLARIORUM POBTICU IGKB COHBUMTA, ANNO 1678, NOVA tuec, SUMPTIBUS MEDII TEMPII EXTBUOTA AKKO 1681 GuLlELMO WlHTELOCKE ARMIGERO, THESAUBAHIO. " The very autient portico of the Templars being consumed by fire in the year 1676, these new buildings were erected at the expense of the Middle Temple in the year 1681, William Whitlock, esq., being treasurer." The cloisters of the Templars formed the medium of communication between the hall, the church, and the cells of the serving brethren of the order.* During the formation of the present new entrance into the . Temple by the church,at the bottom of the Inner Temple-lane, aconsiderable portion of the brickwork of the old houses was pulled down, and an antient wall of great thickness was disclosed. It was composed of chalk, rag-stone, and rubble, exactly resembling the walls of the church It ran in a direction east and west, and


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