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Greyfriars, Leicester was a Franciscan monastic community, established on the west side of Leicester from about 1255, and demolished at its dissolution in the late 1530s. The locality has retained the name Greyfriars ever since, particularly the street named 'Grey Friars', and the older 'Friar Lane'. Although a small monastery, its Church acquired national significance when Richard III was buried there following his death at Bosworth Field. With the destruction of the Church, the site was levelled, subdivided, and developed over the following centuries. A 2012 archaeological dig attempted to identify both the site of the Greyfriars church and the location of Richard's burial. On 4 February 2013 it was confirmed that both of these objectives had been achieved, and that the remains of Richard's body had been uncovered.