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Historic buildings - Whitefriars Monastery

Building name

Whitefriars Monastery


Queen Elizabeth I addressed the people of Coventry from the Oriel window at Whitefriars in the16th century. Though it is not known what she said, it is thought that she lectured the Coventry townsfolk about their disregard for religion.

Whitefriars was originally a much larger building than what can be seen today. It was a monastery founded in 1342 which, during the dissolution of the 16th Century was partly demolished. All that now survives is the cloisters with a large hall above. Between 1801 and 1943 Whitefriars was used as a workhouse and then a refuge.


Next to the ring road close to the Gulson Road / London Road junction 4.


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