Greyfriars, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Greyfriars, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Greyfriars is the oldest Franciscan church building in England. It stands behind St Swithin's church in the downhill area of Lincoln, between Free School Lane and Broadgate.

During the early 13th century Franciscan friars arrived in Lincoln and were granted land to build a friary. Work commenced c1237 and was completed possibly four decades later.

The 16th century reign of Tudor King Henry VIII saw the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the friary was suppressed. The building adopted a new guise as a school, a prison, and a meeting place for the Mechanic's Institute.

Today, it is used for regular exhibitions of Lincolnshire archaeology and local history.

Address Greyfriars
Telephone 01522 873479
Area More information on Lincoln