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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE AUSTIN FRIARY

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An Augustinian friary founded by 1291 and dissolved in 1539, with later post dissolution use as a military storehouse. Excavations carried out in 1971 found that the Holy Jesus Hospital (now a museum), lies within the site of the friary church. The cloister lay to the north of the church, the south cloister wall having been found, along with the east claustral range, probably including the chapter house. A tower from the Friary survives, now attached to the back of the Museum. The tower was built in the Tudor period and is thought to contain work from the 13th and 16th centuries. The tower has three storeys and is constructed of large sandstone blocks. Its west elevantion features a double chamfered 2-centred arch. The ground floor of the tower contains a Medieval cross slab and the effigy of an armoured knight; these were relocated there after being excavated.The friary was utilised by the Council of the North after the Dissolution, and was used as a military storehouse, until it was sold in 1605 and dismantled.

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