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Lincoln (District Authority)
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SK 97759 71248



SK9771SE BROADGATE 1941-1/12/51 (West side) 08/10/53 Greyfriars' Museum


Remains of the infirmary of the Franciscan friary. c1230 and late C13, with mid C19 additions. Converted to a mechanics' institute 1883, and restored and converted to a museum 1905-1907 by William Watkins. Dressed stone and brick, with ashlar dressings, plain tile and slate roofs with a C19 brick side wall stack. EXTERIOR: chamfered eaves, coped gables, with cross to east. Undercroft plus upper storey. Main building, 9 bays, has 7 C19 buttresses and 8 C19 double chamfered barred windows. Above, nine 2-light windows with chamfered surrounds. To left, a lozenge-shaped datestone, 1833. East end has, above, a C13 3-light window with Y-tracery, and an oval window above it. West end has angle buttresses and a C20 Tudor arched 3-light window. North side has a C19 2 storey lean-to stair enclosure. Mid C19 addition to east, single storey, has a central door flanked by single windows, all pointed. INTERIOR: undercroft, 9 bays long by 2 bays wide, has octagonal piers and responds with moulded capitals and bases, single chamfered ribs and small bosses. North side has 6 blocked windows to east and doorway to west. Upper floor has to north a C13 door and 3 round headed windows, all blocked, and a fireplace with shouldered lintel. North-east corner has a pointed recess. Restored common rafter roof with arch braces to east and scissor braces to west, both with double collars. This building is said to be the earliest surviving building in England of the Franciscan order. Scheduled monument, County No.25. (Buildings of England : Lincolnshire: Pevsner N: Lincolnshire: London: 1989-: 508-509; York Archaeological Papers: Stocker DA: The remains of the Franciscan friary in Lincoln (etc): York: 1984-; Hewett C: English Cathedral and Monastic Carpentry: 1985-).

Listing NGR: SK9775971248


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Books and journals
Hewett, C, English Cathedral and Monastic Carpentry, (1985)
Pevsner, N, Harris, J, Antram, N, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, (1989), 508-509
Stocker, D A , 'York Archaeological Papers' in The Remains of the Franciscan Friary in Lincoln (etc), (1984)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 20 Sep 2004
Reference: IOE01/12457/16
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