Temple Buildings 1820
This picture shows a small part of a large and complex group of buildings with roofs at different heights and angles showing it has been added to over time.
It is unusual to see copper used in cladding, as a ridge capping, for flashing and as an outer for chimney pots because it is expensive. It is also unusual to see what appears to be a Templar motif on a building close to an Abbey that has no apparent link with the Templars, it seems to be a red herring.
Despite searching online I can't find any information about these buildings. My best guess is that they may be a group of almshouses named after the Mount Temple family who lived at Broadlands
from 1736, or this might simply be an addition to a much older Abbey building. The date is, I think, when renovations were carried out.
Hopefully a helpful lady from the Abbey will be able to bring an end to my speculation.update
The whole of this white terrace was, in the late 18th century and up to 1817, owned by John Latham**
a local brewer. He lived in the 2nd and 3rd from the 'town' end of the row of cottages, called at the time "Abbey House". The rest of the site was the brewery. The business went bankrupt in 1817 and the block was bought by the Mount Temple family.
1820 is when the buildings were renovated, possibly on the instruction of Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
The copper cladding and the sundial are early 20th century additions, the "Templar" motif probably a play on the surname Temple.
There is no record of any Knights Templar link with Romsey. The Abbey was a Benedictine House, home for upwards of 100 Nuns. The 'Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem' had a Preceptory at North Baddesley
, which is about two and a half miles from Romsey.
National Archives. Held at Hampshire Record Office.Certificates of qualifications of Justices Q27/3 [n.d.]
Justice John Latham esq.; Property, Abbey House with stables, wash house and brewery with cellars, store-houses and malthouse at Romsey Q27/3/85 1801.