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Greyfriars, Stamford

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Greyfriars, Stamford

Greyfriars, Stamford was a Franciscan friary in Lincolnshire, England.


From documentary evidence the Franciscan Friary at Stamford was established before 1230, as Henry III made them a grant of fuel 13 January 1229-30. The Friary was suppressed in 1534, and surrendered in 1538.

Joan of Kent, wife of the Black Prince was buried in 1385 at the Greyfriars beside her first husband, Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent, as requested in her will.

Richard, Duke of York, was killed at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 but his body was exhumed in 1476 by his son, Edward IV. The elaborate funeral cortège travelled from Pontefract to a new tomb at Fotheringhay. En route the hearse spent two nights at the Greyfriars church.

The Gatehouse

The only possible remaining building from the Friary is a gatehouse, now in the hands of Stamford Hospital, founded as Stamford and Rutland Infirmary in 1828, on the site of the Friary. This building was long known as "Whitefriars gatehouse" but academic research in the late 20th century now suggests the Franciscans were on this site. It was built of Barnack limestone in the second quarter of the 14th century.

Additional reading

  • Hartley, John S; Rogers, Alan (1974). The religious foundations of medieval Stamford. Stamford Survey Group report. 2. Nottingham university. pp. 63–65. 
  • Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England) (1977) An inventory of historical monuments: the town of Stamford: pp. 33–34
  • References

    Greyfriars, Stamford Wikipedia

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