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History of Greyfriars Surgery

The original Greyfriars Abbey was situated outside the medieval Hereford city walls (adjacent to the new Greyfriars Bridge on land now occupied by houses on Greyfriars Avenue) and was probably destroyed during the Reformation in the time of Henry VIII.

The present building was built through the stone city walls in Victorian times and had extensive gardens following the city ditch (outside the walls) down towards the River Wye. The gardens were replaced by car-parking when the Greyfriars Bridge was built in the 1960's.The outlines of a dispensary are visible on the city walls in the patients' car-park, adjacent to a well preserved bastion which survived the civil war, when Hereford Castle was destroyed.

The remains of Saxon ramparts in the garden (within the city walls) were recently excavated and 'underpin' the new modernist extension, designed by Moving Architecture and built by Williams Brothers in 1998. The building has been a doctor's surgery for the last 100 years - Dr.Dickinson and his family lived in the house before being followed by Drs Lawton, Strange, Chamberlain, Roberts, Farmer, Andrews and the present partners.

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