Dunstable Friary


Dunstable Friary

Dunstable Friary was a Dominican friary in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. It was located to the west of the Watling Street, between the present-day High Street South and the road that is called Friary Field.

The "Black Friars" came to Dunstable in 1259, and settled separate from Dunstable Priory.[1] The grounds were surrendered in 1539.[2]

Parts of the site were excavated in the 1920s.[3] From 1965 to 1967, the Manshead Archaeological Society carried out excavations of the monastic buildings, during which the Dunstable Swan Jewel was discovered.[4][5][6] Parts of the church were excavated by the Department of the Environment in 1972 and by Bedfordshire County Council in 1988.[7][8]

See also

  • List of monastic houses in Bedfordshire

References

  1. ^ http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=40046&strquery=Dunstable%20Dominican
  2. ^ http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=359864&sort=1&type=&class1=Religion&period=None&county=Bedfordshire&place=&yearfrom=ALL&yearto=ALL&recordsperpage=30&source=text&nmr=&defra=&p=3##
  3. ^ T. W. Bagshawe and A. R. Martin, "The Dominican Priory of Dunstable, with an account of some recent excavations on the site", Journal of the British Archaeological Association, n.s. 33, 321-342, 1927.
  4. ^ C. L. Matthews, "Excavations on the site of the Dominican Friary, Dunstable 1965", Journal of the Manshead Archaeological Society, 16, 1966.
  5. ^ C. L. Matthews, "Dominican Friary Excavation - Season 1966", Journal of the Manshead Archaeological Society, 17, 1967.
  6. ^ C. L. Matthews, "The 1967 Excavations on the site of the Dominican Friary, Dunstable", Journal of the Manshead Archaeological Society, 18, 20-23 and 30, 1968.
  7. ^ C. L. Matthews, "Friary Field Excavations 1972", Journal of the Manshead Archaeological Society, 22, 19, 1973.
  8. ^ R. Clark and A. Maull, "Dunstable Friary Excavations 1988", Journal of the Manshead Archaeological Society, 29, 26-28, 1989.

Coordinates: 51°53′03″N 0°31′13″W / 51.8841°N 0.5204°W / 51.8841; -0.5204