The Augustine Abbey of St Mary, Cirencester was founded in 1117 and was demolished in the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539.
Part of the arcaded nave of the Hospital of St. John the Evangelist survives in Spitalgate Lane. It dates to the reign of Henry II (1154 – 1189). The Hospital was founded by Henry I in 1133 for the destitute and sick. The Abbey acquired it in the 13th century. This was confirmed by the Pope in 1222 and the King in 1348.
In 1964 the Abbey House was torn down and the land given over to development which prompted the excavations. Excavations took place over 2 years and the site Directors were: 1964 Prof John Wacher; 1965 Dr Alan McWhirr; 1965 – 6 David Brown. Undertaken by Cirencester Excavation Committee on behalf of the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works.
Heather Dawson, Corinium Museum