HOUSES OF KNIGHTS HOSPITALLERS
20. THE COMMANDERY OF TEMPLECOMBE
Upon the suppression of the Templars in
1309 their lands were granted to the Hospitallers,
who accordingly entered into possession of the
manors of Templecombe and Westcombe.
In 1338 the estates of the preceptory were
valued at £106 13s., including ' a small church'
at Bristol. Robert de Nafford, knight, was preceptor, and there were two brethren under him
besides a staff of seven servants. (fn. 1)
In the Valor of 1535 (fn. 2) Edmund Husee was
preceptor of the commandery of Hospitallers
and the endowments consisted of the manors
of Templecombe and Westcombland and estates
at Templeton Chudleigh and Clayhanger in
Devonshire, Williton, Long Load and Lopen
in Somerset and Temple fee in the town of Bristol,
and a number of small fees, rents and dues
described as Culetts. The gross total income
came to £120 10s. 3¼d., from which permanent
charges payable to the Abbess of Minchin Buckland and for the payment of a chaplain in the
free chapel at Templecombe amounting to
£12 13s. 4d. had to be deducted, and the net
yearly value was £107 16s. 11½d.
The Hospitallers could not be described as
belonging to a monastic order and so Templecombe escaped in 1536 the suppression of the
smaller monastic houses and was not dissolved
until 1540, when an Act of Parliament (fn. 3) placed
the possessions of the Hospitallers in the hands
of the Crown as of an Order more loyal to the
pope than to the king and existing for the promotion of superstitious ceremonies.
Knights Hospit. in Engl. (Camden Soc.) 183.
Valor Eccl. (Rec. Com.) i, 203.
Acts of Parl. i, 855 (1540 Cap. xxiv).