Blackfriars

Posted: June 29, 2016 in History, London, Medieval History, UK
Tags:

The name of this area of London between the city and Ludgate Hill derives from the arrival in 1517 of a group of Black Freres (‘Black Brothers’) or Dominican friars, who built a new friary in the area after moving from their previous base in Holborn,

"Blackfriars Monastery, London - ground plan" by Joseph Quincy Adams - The Project Gutenberg eBook, Shakespearean Playhouses, by Joseph Quincy Adams - http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22397/22397-h/22397-h.htm. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blackfriars_Monastery,_London_-_ground_plan.png#/media/File:Blackfriars_Monastery,_London_-_ground_plan.png

“Blackfriars Monastery, London – ground plan” by Joseph Quincy Adams – The Project Gutenberg eBook, Shakespearean Playhouses, by Joseph Quincy Adams – http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22397/22397-h/22397-h.htm. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

This Friary was the venue for a number of parliaments and meetings of the privy council as well as for the divorce hearing between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragorn. It was closed in 1538 following the dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry and was used as a theatre  and a headquarters of the society of Apothecaries. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

The site of the monastery now lies under Blackfriars railway station and surrounding roads and the Blackfriar public house which stands opposite the station.

Blackfriar Public House

Blackfriar Public House

 

Statue of a Blackfriar on the Blackfriar Public House

Statue of a Blackfriar on the Blackfriar Public House

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s