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The preceptory of Knights Hospitallers at Halston was founded by Roger de Powys, lord of Whittington, between 1165 and 1187. It has been suggested that Halston formerly belonged to the Knights Templars, but Rees states that there is no evidence for this. The timber-framed chapel, which probably dates from the early 16th century, may be the only surviving remins of the preceptory, but there is some doubt as to whether it was built by the Hospitallers or is later. The preceptory is thought to have stood to the west of the chapel and may have adjoined the west end of the nave, where there is a tower built in circa 1725. The preceptory was probably demolished about 1690 when the present house was built on a more elevated site to the north. There are, however, a number of clearly artificial irregularities in the surface of the field in which the chapel stands, notably two rectangular ditched enclosures to the south, one of which may be a moat.

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