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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
Work sheds light on hidden priory
Demolition work
The work will also provide access to more of the priory's structure
Part of a 'forgotten' 13th Century priory in Gloucester is to be restored as part of regeneration work.

The demolition of a garage will enable the original cloister at Blackfriars Priory, off Commercial Road, to be rebuilt, organisers say.

They hope this will help renew public interest in a site not widely known in the city.

A spokesman said: "Even people who have lived in Gloucester all their lives don't know about it."

The work, sponsored by the South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA), will also provide access to more of the structure of the priory.

'Important buildings'

This would include the Scriptorium, where monks worked more than 750 years ago. It is believed to be England's oldest surviving library building.

"This is a very important collection of buildings," said the RDA's Ian Knight.

"What we now want to do is work closely with English Heritage (the priory's owners) to restore this building to its original form."

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