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An interesting video from two American academics on the subject of Mendicant architecture in mediaeval Oxford, with some three-dimensional theoretical reconstructions of the Dominican and Franciscan houses in the city.

Both orders returned to Oxford in the twentieth century. The Capuchins refounded Greyfriars in 1910 and it was recognised as a permanent private hall (PPH) of the University in 1957. Its end as an academic institution was announced sadly on its fiftieth anniversary in 2007, but Greyfriars continues as a Capuchin friary.

Blackfriars under the Dominicans is still going strong, exercising a triple function as a priory of the Order of Preachers, a house of studies for the English province of the Order, and a PPH of the University of Oxford.

This post was published on Monday, December 12th, 2016 10:55 am. It has been categorised under Architecture Church Great Britain History and been tagged under , , , , , .
12 Dec 2016 1:29 pm

Great post – a little correction however. The Capuchins still have Greyfriars. The Conventual Franciscans are based in the buildings formerly occupied by the All Saints Sisters of the Poor, with a magnificent chapel by Ninian Comper.

Andrew Cusack
13 Dec 2016 11:23 am

Duly noted & corrected — many thanks!

Rory O'Donnell
17 Dec 2016 11:21 pm

Brill, esp. the reconstructions.Odd that only anti-mendicant commentators -monks, Bishops and heresiarchs – are cited.If time(no longer)presses,can Cambridge(not)be omitted?

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