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The Friary Tower restoration work started at the beginning of 2001, and was made possible by a successful bid for European funding and partnership funding from the Town Council, has caused much interest in the town and is part of a plan by Richmond District and Town Councils to utilise the land around the Friary Hospital and Gardens. The 15th century Tower, one of the town's oldest monuments, holds a position of great importance in the history and development of the town.

Photos below taken Feb 2001

When the restoration work is complete, public access underneath and around the tower will enhance the whole Friary Gardens area, which is already a favourite retreat in the centre of town.

Dating back to the late 15th century, the Tower originally formed part of an expansion of the Friary which was first established by the Franciscan Order in 1257. The site is unique in that so much of the building has survived to the modern day.

Commenting, chairman of the District planning committee, Campbell Dawson, said: "Richmond is rightly proud of its rich architectural heritage which provides us with a very strong link to our ancestors right back to the Dark Ages.

"I am delighted that we have been able to access the money we need to commission this extensive repair work, not just to safeguard one of our most precious monuments for future generations, but also to allow people living in Richmond now to really make the most of their environment and learn more about the rich history of the town."

The work was completed in early 2003.

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