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WINCHELSEA GREYFRIARS

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Remains of a Franciscan Friary. Originally founded in the old town, the earlier site was destroyed by the sea in 1288. The new site was occupied by then, and was dissolved in 1538. The ruined quire is the only surviving building, and is unique in England as being the only quire of the order which terminates in a semi-hexagonal apse. Only a part of the South wall of the nave also remains. Buck's plan of 1737 showed the cloister to be to the South of the church, the West range at that time being incorporated in a mansion which was demolished in 1819. The refectory, with a pulpit, was in the South range.

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