Sub-sub-fonds - Bromehill [Augustinian] Priory Estates title deeds

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Bromehill [Augustinian] Priory Estates title deeds


  • nd [early 13th century]-late 13th century (Creation)

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32 parchments

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(c 1200-1528)

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Priory of Augustinian canons, founded by Sir Hugh de Plaiz in c.1200, it was well established by 1224. Its temporalities were valued at £25 10s. 9d. in 1291. Suppressed, at Cardinal Wolsey's request, by Pope Clement's bull of 14 May, 1528 (effective on 18 Sepember 1528) towards the endowment of his projected college at Ipswich. After the cardinal's fall, the priory's former estates were granted to Christ's College, Cambridge.

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Medieval title deeds relating to estates in both Norfolk and Suffolk given or sold to the Priory in the thirteenth century, the majority of which, however, relate to priory lands in Ickworth, Suffolk In addition, there is one deed relating to land in Bourn, Cambridgeshire which was granted to the Augustinian priory of Barnwell in Chesterton, Cambridge, and also two deeds relating to an estate in Diseworth, north Leicestershire. The latter's connection with Bromhill Priory is uncertain, but the Bromhill, Bourn and Diseworth estates were all granted to Christ's College, Cambridge at various dates after the suppression of the monasteries in the first half of the sixthteenth century.
Most of the deeds have been identified, in red ink on the dorse, by the name of their parish or vil and also, where necessary, by a number (e.g. Ickewrth II). Presumably, these references relate to a register or cartulary created by the priory. Many of them are endorsed with thirteenth, or early fourteenth, century summary descriptions of the grantor and the estate, and are also endorsed with a later (probably eighteenth century) ?antiquary's summary of their contents. In the case of the Diseworth deeds, the later descriptions misidentify Diseworth as Ickworth.

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