Compared to other religious buildings in Canterbury, Greyfriars is forgotten in a little corner of the town. In fact this is one of the most important religious buildings in England, being the very first Franciscan cell, inaugurated in 1224. This building, which is virtually all that remains above ground is probably the dorter (monastic dormitory) and dates to around 1267.
The most remarkable thing about this structure is the way it straddles one of the branches of the River Stour using a tiny double-arched undercroft.
Greyfriars was excavated by Channel 4's Time Team over the August Bank Holiday of 2000. Andrew, Shaun, Alison and their children visited during the filming. Some photos taken during the day can be found in the Millennium Gallery at Pictures Thirteen, Sixty-Six and 124.
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