A Quick Overview of Blackfriars London
Blackfriars is an area of central London, which lies in the south-west corner of the City of London. The name Blackfriars was first used in 1317 (as Black Freres from the French 'frère' meaning 'brother') and derives from the black cappa worn by the Dominican Friars who moved their priory from Holborn to the area between the River Thames and Ludgate Hill in 1276.
Edward I gave permission to rebuild London's city wall, which lay between the river and Ludgate Hill, around their area.
- The site was used for great occasions of state, including meetings of Parliament and the Privy Council, as well as the location for a divorce hearing in 1529 of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII.
- The priory was eventually closed in 1538 during Henry's Dissolution of the monasteries.
- Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth and final wife, was born in the area.