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Bisham Abbey is a spectacular manor house located in the town of Bisham, Buckinghamshire, England. Today it is home to one of the National Sports Centres managed on behalf of Sport England; but this has not always been the case, below is a short history of the Abbey and its residents, some of whom are rumoured to still live there to this day.
Bisham Abbey is a Grade I listed manor house in Bisham. The name is taken from the monastery which once stood alongside the manor house. The Abbey church previously known as Bisham Priory was the traditional resting place over the years of many of the Earls of Salisbury who inhabited the manor house.
The manor house was built around 1260 for the Knights Templar; a very powerful order of knights in the Middle Ages. The Templar knights could be recognized by their white mantles with a red cross and were famed for fighting in the Crusades in the Holy Land. When the Templars were suppressed in 1307, King Edward II took over the manorial rights of the Abbey and granted them to various relatives.