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Knights Templar stronghold sale

publication date: Aug 6, 2010
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Temple ManorTemple Manor, a Grade 2 listed building in Temple Hirst, near Selby, has been sold at auction by Hunters Exclusive Homes for £350,000, in excess of the guide price of £275-300,000.

The building, which includes the remains of a 13th century preceptory of the KnightsTemplar, has been used as a 25-bedroom nursing home. Previously it was a pub. Legend has it that a tunnel runs from the house to Selby Abbey, eight miles away.

The new owners, Bryan and Joanne Reader, plan to live in the historic part of the building and upgrade the nursing home section.

Tom Wallis, Hunters Director said, “It is very rare for properties of this historical importance to come on the market, I’m delighted that it fetched more than the guide.”