A renowned composer has questioned whether a cross emblem in Hertford is connected with the town’s legendary links to the Knights Templar.
Garry Judd, who has written music for TV show Trinny & Susannah Undress and has had his work performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was struck by the symbol, next to the street sign for Old Cross.
He wrote on his twitter page: “Hertford is connected with the Knights Templar-Spotted this next to a street sign-wonder if it is connected.”
Garry, who lives in Ware, told the Herald: “I don’t know anything about the subject, but the cross does look like a Templar symbol-Could be a knowing joke perhaps.”
The Knights Templar, rumoured to be the custodians of the Holy Grail, were an order of warrior monks who were brutally suppressed by the Vatican in 1307 when Grand Master Jaques de Molay was burned at the stake. Legend has it that members of the Order survived and carried on meeting in secret, in places such as the Royston Cave.
Hertford is said to be a significant town in Templar mythology, and has been referred to as the Order’s headquarters.
Self-proclaimed modern day Hertford Templar Ben Acheson doubted the possibility or a Templar link, he said: “I am no expert on general local history but I believe the street name refers to the site of an ancient and still partial crossroads.
“I would guess that the cross design was created in recognition of the place name. Sorry, no holy treasures buried there.”
He added: “There are a few place names, mostly including ‘temple’ in the Hertford area, which are reminders that they were once owned by the Temple. But these were mostly arable lands with no military history the people who lived and worked there had no connection to the modern day organisation.
“Examples include Temple Fields in Bengeo and Temple Farm in Tonwell.
in The Herald