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Cambridge Blackfriars is a priory in Cambridgeshire, England. It was established in 1238, dissolved in 1538 and re-established in 1938.[1] It continues to operate as a Dominican priory and, in 2000, became the novitiate house of the English Province of the Order of Preachers.

Cambridge Blackfriars
Blackfriars church, Cambridge.jpg
The front of the priory
Cambridge Blackfriars is located in Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Blackfriars
Location within Cambridgeshire
Monastery information
Full namePriory of St Michael the Archangel
OrderDominican Order
Dedicated toMichael the Archangel
DioceseEast Anglia
Founder(s)Sebastian Bullough (1938)
PriorEuan Marley
Important associated figuresAidan Nichols, Richard Finn, Yves Congar
LocationCambridge, England
Coordinates52°12′51″N 0°06′31″E / 52.214188°N 0.108560°E / 52.214188; 0.108560Coordinates: 52°12′51″N 0°06′31″E / 52.214188°N 0.108560°E / 52.214188; 0.108560
Public accessLimited, but accessible after Daily Mass
WebsiteBlackfriars Cambridge

The new site is at Buckingham Road, Cambridge close to St Edmund’s College. Two existing houses were linked by a new wing in 1961-2 designed by David Roberts. The original house was offered to the Order in 1938 by the widow of Professor Edward Bullough. The second house, Howfield, the family home of Arthur Stanley Ramsey, was bought in 1955.

The medieval Dominican Friary was founded before 1238. At the time of its dissolution in 1538, there was a prior and fifteen others. The last prior Gregory Dodds was later Dean of Exeter. Emmanuel College was founded on the site in 1584 and the college's Front Court incorporates 14th-century work from the Friary, in the North Range and Hall.[2][3]


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  2. ^ British History Online — Friaries - Dominicans, Cambridge — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 2 (pp.269-276)
  3. ^ Historic England. "EMMANUEL COLLEGE (371273)". PastScape. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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