Greyfriars, Stamford

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The gatehouse

Greyfriars, Stamford was a Franciscan friary in Lincolnshire, England. It was one of several religious houses in Stamford suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

From documentary evidence the Franciscan Friary was established before 1230, as Henry III made it a grant of fuel 13 January 1229-30. The Friary was suppressed in 1534, and surrendered in 1538.[1][2]

Joan of Kent, wife of the Black Prince was buried in 1385 at the Greyfriars beside her first husband, Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent, as requested in her will.[2]

Richard, Duke of York, was killed at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 but his body was exhumed in 1476 by his son, Edward IV. The elaborate funeral cortège travelled from Pontefract to a new tomb at Fotheringhay. En route the hearse spent two nights at the Greyfriars church.[3]

The Gatehouse[edit]

Tinted lithograph of the gateway by F. Bedford

The only possible remaining building from the Friary is a gatehouse, now in the hands of Stamford Hospital, founded as Stamford and Rutland Infirmary in 1828, on the site of the Friary.[4][5][6] This building was long known as "Whitefriars gatehouse" but academic research in the late 20th century now suggests the Franciscans were on this site.[1][5] It was built of Barnack limestone in the second quarter of the 14th century.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Franciscan Friary (347913)". PastScape. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Page, William, ed. (1906). "Friaries: Stamford". A History of the County of Lincoln: Volume 2. Victoria county history. pp. 225–230. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Funeral of Richard, Duke of York". Wakefield historical society. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ancient Greyfriars Gateway repairs could cost £50,000 at Stamford Hospital". Stamford Mercury. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Historic England. "Stamford Infirmary (506143)". PastScape. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Historic England. "Whitefriar's gate  (Grade scheduled) (1005006)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 March 2013.  Note use of name now discredited (c.f. Pastscape 347913 (9-10)). Note scheduled, but not listed, (ibid. (13))

Additional reading[edit]

  • Hartley, John S; Rogers, Alan (1974). The religious foundations of medieval Stamford. Stamford Survey Group report. 2. Nottingham university. pp. 63–65. 
  • Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England) (1977) An inventory of historical monuments: the town of Stamford: pp. 33–34

Coordinates: 52°39′17.9″N 0°28′11.9″W / 52.654972°N 0.469972°W / 52.654972; -0.469972