The Black Friar

The Black Friar (HM27C9)

Location: London, England EC4V 4DD Greater London
Country: United Kingdom
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N 51° 30.731', W 0° 6.227'

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This Art Nouveau masterpiece was built in 1905 on the site of a former Dominican friary which existed from 1279 to 1539. Following the 260 years of the Dominican friars, the site became the parliament chamber of the monastery. It is believed that Emperor Charles V, the Papal Magistrate and Henry VIII's court sat on this very site during the dissolution of Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon in 1532. The Black Friar has been a favourite watering hole for many since the merry monks first settled on this site. Its unusual shape is due to the fact that all of the surrounding buildings have long since been demolished, taking with them the small alleyways that were once the only access to the pub. This wonderful pub was due for demolition in the Sixties but the public outcry led by Sir John Betjeman and Lady Dartmouth saved the building.
HM NumberHM27C9
Placed ByNicholson's Pubs
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 700961 N 5710761
Decimal Degrees51.51218333, -0.10378333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 30.731', W 0° 6.227'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 30' 43.86" N, 0° 6' 13.62" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 181 Queen Victoria St, London England EC4V 4DD, GB
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