Explore our Heritage
Find out more about how the Franciscan movement became fundamental to Canterbury’s status as a religious centre within Europe.
The changing ownership of Greyfriars Estate
In 1538, the Franciscans were forced to surrender their lands due to their ongoing refusal to accept Henry VIII’s reformation of religion. Between 1538 and the late nineteenth century the lands on which the friary stood, now known as the Greyfriars Estate, passed through a succession of private owners.
Scheduled Ancient Monument
The Franciscan Gardens are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, protected by Historic England and retain the potential for significant new discoveries. The Franciscan Gardens, and the Greyfriars Chapel, remain an important landmark today.