Their founder was a nobleman from the Champagne region, Hugh de Payens, who, in Jerusalem in 1119 nominated eight of his companions to safeguard pilgrims visiting the Holy Land from attacks by brigands and Saracen pirates.
The order’s full name was the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon in recognition of their quarters next to the Temple in Jerusalem — hence the name by which they became famous.
THE Midland News Association – publisher of the Shropshire Star – is the UK’s largest independent newspaper publisher and sits at the forefront of the UK publishing industry.
A family-owned business dating back to the 1880s, its continual investment in publishing across Shropshire enables the group to focus on achieving exemplary editorial standards, technological innovations and production quality that continues to set the industry standard.
But who were these men and what might have driven them to cower in a Shropshire cave instead of doing what they were best at — protecting Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem and making money?
Its focus on innovation means the MNA is evolving into a total media provider, with multiple channels to market including print, online and state of the art apps.
The site was unearthed in February at the Church of the Holy Fathers in Shrewsbury and is the UK's oldest religious site still in use today.
The ancient post was found jutting into the foundations of the medieval church, where Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon remains have all been found.
An archaeological dig has uncovered the UK's oldest sacred site which is still in use dating back more than 4,000 years.
Carbon dating carried out on a wooden post excavated from the Shropshire site has revealed that it was nailed into the ground in 2033 BC.