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Named after the Dominican friars who arrived in London in 1221, and moved to Thameside area named after them.

Other places similar are Grayfriars, Austinfriars, Whitefriars and Crutched Friars.…

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Blackfriars, a church, precinct, and sanctuary with four gates, lying between Ludgate Hill and the Thames and extending westward from Castle Baynard (St. Andrew's Hill) to the Fleet river. It was so called from the house of Black, Preaching, or Dominican Friars, founded by Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, A.D. 1221. Their first London settlement was in Holborn near Lincoln's Inn, where they remained for a period of 55 years. In 1276 they removed to the particular locality near Ludgate which still bears their name, when Gregory Rokesley, Mayor, set apart a piece of ground in the ward of Castle Baynard for their use. Robert Kilwardby, Archbishop of Canterbury, contributed largely to the building of their church, and Edward I. by a Charter granted to the Friars in 1311 confirmed to them the gift of the Archbishop of "two lanes adjoining to his place of Castle Baynard and the Tower of Mountfichet . . . that so they shall not in future be disturbed or molested on the ground of purpresture made as to the lanes aforesaid." He and Queen Eleanor also contributed liberally to the endowment of the house. Edward I. allowed the Friars to pull down the City wall and take in all the land to the west as far as the Fleet river. Moreover the King intimated to the Mayor and citizens his desire that the new wall should be built at the expense of the City...
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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