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GUILDFORD BLACKFRIARS

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A Dominican Friary established in the 13th century and dissolved in 1538. Henry VIII constructed a hunting lodge within its precincts. Following the dissolution the King converted the friary into a dwelling to use as an occasional royal resort. Excavations in 1973-1978 revealed that the site was subsequently used as a garden. The site was cleared and a house was constructed circa 1630 by Inigo Jones. This was later converted into barracks in 1794 and demolished in 1818. Much of the site is now occupied by Friary Brewery. The excavations had produced quantities of 14th and 15th century pottery and recognised the extent of the friary complex. The claustral complex lay to the North of the church. The church was a simple plan of chancel, and nave with South aisle. The East range contained the chapter house and sacristy, the North range the kitchen. The West range, of which only the East wall and some floring remained, probably contaied the guest house and dormitory. There is also an unsubstantiated claim that Mesolithic finds have also been recovered.

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