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Carmelite

The Carmelites are an order of nuns and monks which started on Mount Carmel in Israel about 800 years ago. The friars were brought to Britain in 1242 by returning crusaders; arriving first at Hulne in the north east of England and then, later in the same year, at Aylesford in the south. From England the Order soon spread to Scotland and also to Ireland. At its height before the Reformation there were more than 1000 friars England in many communities.

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