Blackfriars Priory Gloucester

Priory in Gloucester

Gloucester Blackfriars
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Blackfriars Priory, with its magnificent timbered roof, is the most complete example of a medieval Dominican Priory in Britain. The original medieval cloister, completed in 1239, includes the scriptorium where the friars were trained for their preaching mission over 750 years ago. The original study cells or carrels are housed in the oldest surviving library building in the country. After Dissolution, it was converted into a mansion and a cloth factory. There is a magnificent 13-century scissor-braced timber rook over the former friars’ library.

Following renovations, the beautiful historic fabric has been retained and you can now experience the beauty of the site including the private courtyard garden, the magnificent scale of the original scissor-braced roof and the Scriptorium, the oldest and most well preserved, medieval library in Britain.

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Visiting Blackfriars Priory Gloucester


The priory is open Sunday to Tuesday from 10am to 3pm

Duration: 30 minutes

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