Early in September I attended the sixth international conference on the Military Orders. The conference was at St John’s Gate in Clerkenwell — the site of the original English headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller. There are around 80 academic papers, and we also went on an excursion to:
Temple Cressing in Essex (which once belonged to the Templars, and then — after 1313 — to the Hospitallers)
and to Little Maplestead, church, Essex, which was built by the Hospitallers. But the church — so attractive with its circular nave, based on the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem — is not 12th century, as we would all expect, but was in fact built in the 14th century — and was heavily restored in the 19th century. Ah well.