Ilchester Friary

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Ilchester Friary
Monastery information
Order Dominican
Established Between 1221 and 1260
Disestablished 1538
Location Ilchester, Somerset, England
Grid reference ST519226
Ilchester Friary is located in Somerset
Ilchester Friary
Ilchester Friary shown within Somerset
(grid reference ST519226)

Ilchester Friary was founded between 1221 and 1260 as a Dominican monastery in Ilchester Somerset, England.

The buildings were restored in the 13th and 14th centuries until the site occupied a 1.6 hectares (4.0 acres) site, and by the 15th century it extended beyond the town walls.[1]

It is believed to be the birthplace of Roger Bacon, possibly in 1213 or 1214.[2]

It was dissolved in 1538, as part of the dissolution of the monasteries,[1] but the buildings continued to be used, as a silk mill and relief prison, particularly for Quakers,[3] until it was finally demolished in the early 19th century.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Dominican friary, West Street, Ilchester". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  2. ^ James, R.R. (1928). "THE FATHER OF BRITISH OPTICS: ROGER BACON, c. 1214-1294". British Journal of Ophthalmology. 12 (1): 1–14. PMC 511940Freely accessible. PMID 18168687. doi:10.1136/bjo.12.1.1. 
  3. ^ Dunning, Robert W. "Ilchester". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 3. British History Online. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°00′06″N 2°41′15″W / 51.0017°N 2.6874°W / 51.0017; -2.6874