Torphichen Preceptory, Village, History, Date, Scottish Architecture

Torphichen Preceptory

Historic Building near Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland

Torphichen Preceptory Scotland

Location: In Torphichen village, nr Bathgate, West Lothian

The tower and transepts of a church built by the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in the 13th century, much altered.

Torpichen Preceptory History

The Tower, Transepts and Chancel remain from the original Preceptory. The building was presented to the The Hospitaller Knights of St John by Kind David I.

Torphichen Preceptory was the Order of St. John of Jerusalem’s main base from the early 12th century until the mid-16th century.

Torphichen was used to raise funds and ‘soldiers’ for the Crusades but also acted as a sanctuary. The Preceptory was rebuilt in 1756 occupying the site of the original Nave and with domestic buildings located off a traditional cloistered courtyard to the north of the Preceptory.

Torpichen Preceptory Opening Times

Summer Sat (11am to 5pm) & Sun + Bank Hols (2pm to 5pm): please check with owners.




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