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Blackfriars Leicester
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Coat of Arms of the Dominican Order
Monastery information
Other names The Dominican Friars of Leicester,
Leicester Dominican Friary
Order Dominican Order
Established 1284
Disestablished 1538
Dedicated to St Clement
Diocese Lincoln
Coordinates 52°38′13″N 1°08′40″W / 52.63695°N 1.144386°W / 52.63695; -1.144386
Visible remains None

Blackfriars Leicester is a former Dominican Friary in Leicester, England.


The friary was founded in 1284 by the Earl of Leicester, and was constructed on an island formed by the River Soar.

Queen Eleanor, wife of King Henry III, left £5 in her will to the friary. In 1301 the friary received another royal gifts: seven oak trees (presumably the wood from which) from Rockingham Forest. Further monetary gifts from the royal family reveal that in 1328/29 there were 30 friars, and in 1334/35 there were 32.

Leicester held the provincial chapters for the Dominican Order in 1301, 1317 and 1334.

In 1489 King Henry VII donated oaks to the friary for the reconstruction of the friar's dormitory.

The friary was dissolved as part of King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries and was surrendered in November 1538. At the time the friary was home to the prior and nine friars. The former friary was granted to Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, in 1546.

Nothing remains of the friary.

Priors of Blackfriars, Leicester

List of known priors of Leicester Blackfriars:

  • John Garland, occurs 1394.
  • William Ceyton, occurs 1505.
  • Ralph Burrell, occurs 1538.
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