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Tours > Monastic Yorkshire > Richmond Friary

Richmond Friary - Franciscan Friars 1258
Fifteen miles southwest of Darlington

Richmond Friary There isn't much left of Richmond Friary today, but what there is was probably the best bit. The elegant 15th century tower makes an imposing folly for the public park in which it is now the centrepiece. There are just a few remnants of the south-aisle nearby. Because of their urban settings, friary buildings rarely survive and this is one of the few to be seen in Yorkshire. It was founded by Radulph FitzRadulph in 1258 for greyfriars to preach to the local townsfolk.

A less well-known monastic house in Richmond was the Priory of St. Martin. It is unfortunately on private land, but you can see its picturesque ruins from the road. They are quite extensive and include the largely Norman chapel and a 15th century tower incorporated into the present house on the site.

The Friary is in a public park. Free access at any reasonable time. The Priory is on private land, not open to the public. It can, however, be viewed from the road.

Next Stop: Egglestone Abbey




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