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Carmarthen (Friary)

Order: Franciscans

The Franciscan friary in Carmarthen had been founded by 1282 and soon became one of the wealthiest Franciscan houses in Britain. It was also an extremely popular burial site, not just among the locals but among the aristocracy of SW details of standing remains

Medieval Diocese: St David's
Lordship at foundation: Carmarthen
Access: A supermarket now occupies the friary site.

Main events in the history of this site

pre 1282Foundation - The actual date of the foundation is not known; nor is the identity of the founder. However the friary had been established by 1282 when William Valence was buried there. William had been murdered in an ambush by the Welsh near Llandeilo. [2 sources]
1284Rights - Edward I visited Carmarthen in 1284 and conceded that the monks might have certain rights over a watercourse that fed the castle moats and a royal mill. [1 source]
1340Sanctuary - Three felons on the run claimed sanctuary in the friary which lay outside the town walls and was thus outside the jurisdiction of ‘New Carmarthen’.
 [1 source]
1391Burial rights - The friary's popularity as a burial spot - and the donations and bequest that followed - brought it into conflict with the Augustinian Canons of the town whose prior controlled the old town. [3 sources]
1394Acquisition of land - The friars purchase land just north of the friary, perhaps to use as a graveyard given the popularity of the house as a burial site. [1 source]
1411A hostage - The friars evidently held against his will an eleven-year old boy, Henry, whose father, John Witberi, had seemingly handed him over to the friars of Essex, to exclude him from his inheritance. [2 sources]
1456Burial - Edmund Tudor, father of Henry VII and founder of the Tudor dynasty was buried in the friary. [3 sources]
1525Burial - Sir Rhys ap Thomas was a benefactor of a number of religious houses in Wales and was buried in the Franciscan friary in Carmarthen. [4 sources]
c.1526Burial - The Welsh bard, Tudor Aled, was buried at the friary. [1 source]
1536Proposed closure - Bishop Barlow of St David's proposed transferring his cathedral to the Franciscan friary in Carmarthen, to hurry along the reformation. [2 sources]
1538Dissolution - The friary was surrendered in 1538. There were seemingly fourteen friars at that time.
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People associated with this site

Edmund Tudor, earl of Richmond (burial)

Rhys ap Thomas , Sir (benefactor and burial)

Tudur Aled , Welsh poet (buried at the friary)

Bibliographical sources

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