Blackfriary from the air!

Fantastic aerial photos forwarded to us by a friend who took a hot air balloon ride over Trim this summer 🙂

Blackfriary is located in the mid-ground above. This view shows the site in context, surrounded by the urban environment of Trim town, and situated on its northern edge, with agricultural land, much of it once belonging to the friary, stretching away to the north.

Excavation in progress (July 2012): We had opened up Cutting 6, and were planning Cutting 7. We have a clear idea of the line of the cloister now but we still need to do some work to locate some of the church walls. There are however remnants of the church tower in Cuttings 1 and 2, and the evidence for the northern wall of the church in Cutting 3.

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