Greyfriar's House & Garden NT

Set in the heart of historic Worcester, The Greyfriar's is a stunning timber-framed merchant’s house where you can get away from the hustle and bustle. This unique house and garden was rescued by two extraordinary people with a vision to rescue this medieval gem and create a peaceful oasis.

• Sit down and enjoy the home-like atmosphere
• Discover how The Greyfriar’s was saved from demolition
• See how the house has changed over the centuries
• Explore the delightful walled garden
• Trails available for children every day

Greyfriar’s is a Late Medieval merchant's house, rescued from demolition, in Worcester city centre. It was built in 1480 by a wealthy merchant, it became a home to wealthy families up until the 17th century and in 1699 a baker purchased the lease and divided the house into two. It became a mixture of homes, shops and businesses for next 200 years. Trade varied and included clothing, hats, bread, leather goods, umbrellas and china riveting. Over the years buildings were added and extended including 10 cottages in the back yard.

But as the fortunes locally declined from the 1700s it was threatened with demolition in the 1930s along with the row of 10 houses in Georges Yard behind. This black and white timber-framed house was rescued from demolition after the Second World War and has been carefully restored and refurbished with a walled garden designed and created by the Matley-Moores recycling and using materials from the demolished cottages. The Matley-Mooores were two siblings who remained Greyfriar’s tenants until their deaths in the 1980s. The care of Greyfriar’s was transferred to the National Trust in 1966.

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