The Lost Priory of Gloucester

In July 2021, the remains of a 13th Century Carmelite friary, also known as Whitefriars, were recently found by archaeologists beneath a demolished multi-storey car park in Gloucester city centre.

Historians knew roughly where Whitefriars had stood, but its exact location was a mystery. The dig was conducted as part of  the redevelopment work for the regeneration of the city's King's Quarter. The medieval monastery was founded in about 1270 but was mostly demolished in the 16th Century, and only traces of it had survived on historical maps.

In this documentary, which features a 3D reconstruction of the priory and its surroundings, city archaeologist Andrew Armstrong explores the archaeological team's findings in Gloucester and what they can tell us about the Carmelites.

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