Bridgwater Friary

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Bridgwater Friary
Monastery information
Order Franciscan
Established 1245
Disestablished 1538
Founder(s) William Briwere
Location Bridgwater, Somerset, England
Grid reference ST297368
Bridgwater Friary is located in Somerset
Bridgwater Friary
Bridgwater Friary shown within Somerset
(grid reference ST297368)

Bridgwater Friary was a Franciscan monastery in Bridgwater, Somerset, England, established in 1245 and dissolved in 1538.

It was founded by William Briwere and moved from another location. Further buildings were added in 1278 and 1284.[1] The church was rebuilt in the 15th century and consecrated in 1445.[2] After the dissolution of the monasteries it became a mansion house. There have been various attempts to excavated the site with decorated tiles,[3] and other building fragments now in the Blake Museum. The only visible remains are an old door in Silver Street.[4]

The site is also crossed by a linear feature thought to date from the English Civil War.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Bridgwater Friary, Somerset". Wessex Archeology. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Friarn Meadow, Bridgwater, Somerset". Wessex Archeology. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Medieval decorated tile from Friarn Meadow, Bridgwater". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Franciscan Friary and later mansion, Bridgwater". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°07′31″N 3°00′26″W / 51.1252°N 3.0071°W / 51.1252; -3.0071