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NEWCASTLE WHITEFRIARS

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Originally this site, to the West of the castle, was granted to the Friars of the Sack in 1267. It became the second site of the Carmelite Friary, moved here from Wall Knoll in 1307, (NZ26SE336), when the Friars of the Sack had been suppressed. Dissolved in 1539; the remains were demolished in the 1960s. Excavations in 1888 and 1965 have recovered part of the plan of the friary. The Carmelite friary had the church on the North side of the cloister. Only the South side of the quire, and partial observations of the claustral complex were possible, and no firm identification of the claustral buildings could be made. The recovery of four Decorated capitals in 1888 suggests that the nave had a North aisle, which was probably added when the Carmelites occupied the site.

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