A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Roger CONANT/Sarah HORTON
They were married in Saint Ann's Church, Blackfriars. Note: Blackfriars is an area of central London, which lies in the south-west corner of the City. The name Blackfriars
was first used in 1342 and derives from the black habits of the Dominican Friars who moved their priory from Holborn to the area between the River Thames and Ludgate Hill in 1276. Edward I gave permission to rebuild London's city wall, which lay between the river and Ludgate Hill, around their area. The site was used for great occasions of state, including meetings of Parliament and the Privy Council. It was also the location for the divorce hearing of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII in 1529. The priory was closed in 1538 during Henry's dissolution of the monasteries.
Some of the buildings were subsequently leased to a group of entrepreneurs who created the Blackfriars Theatre on the site, not far from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which sat almost directly across the River Thames.
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