Community Archaeology Project
What’s Going On?
Planning permission has now been granted to redevelop the old Gloscat campus. This is an important archaeological site which lies within the walls of the Roman and medieval city. Most of the archaeology will be preserved under the new development, but some archaeological excavation will take place.
A community archaeology project is now underway. The work is being done by local people with an interest in the past under professional supervision from Cotswold Archaeology.
The project is trying to find out more about:
- The Roman street pattern of Gloucester (1st to 4th centuries AD)
- What happened after the Romans left (5th to 9th centuries AD)
- The cloisters of the medieval Greyfriars friary (13th to 16th century)
Uncovering Greyfriars Friary
Land was donated to establish a Franciscan (or Greyfriars) friary in Gloucester in 1231. The remains of the main church lie behind you. You are standing in the area which would have been occupied by lodgings for the friars and the cloisters (a covered walkway around a central garden). The cloisters were demolished following the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1538. The church survives because it was turned into a brewery!
We know very little about the cloisters, so any new information will be extremely valuable. Part of a floor made from glazed medieval tiles was found in 2006 and we are hoping to uncover more of this in the coming weeks.
Our Information Panel near the Greyfriars Friary Church will be updated weekly with details of the latest discoveries. Watch this space!