47. THE PRIORY OF CORSHAM
A charter by which the church of Corsham was
given to the abbey of Marmoutier-les-Tours
(Indre-et-Loire) in the time of Henry I was confirmed in 1336. (fn. 1) During the 13th century the
abbey had a cell at Corsham, for a prior was
mentioned though not named in 1201, (fn. 2) and in
1237 the monks of Marmoutier were allowed to
have 16 oxen, 5 cows, and 1 bull in the royal
pastures there. (fn. 3) A writing of Richard, Earl of
Cornwall, who lived from 1227 to 1272, was
witnessed by Sir Gilbert, then Prior of Corsham. (fn. 4)
However, by 1294, when the alien priories were
taken into the king's hands, Corsham had ceased
to be a priory. Lands there, with stock and farm
implements valued at £11 15s. 8d., were restored
to the Prior of Tickford (Bucks.), (fn. 5) and there
was apparently no dwelling-place for monks at
Corsham. From this date the Cluniac Prior of
Tickford, which was a cell of Marmoutier, (fn. 6)
administered the abbey's possessions in Corsham
until the end of the 14th century, except when
they were in the king's hands. Like other property
of alien religious, the church was held for a time
by Queen Joan, and it was ultimately given by
Henry VI to King's College, Cambridge. (fn. 7)
Cal. Pat. 1334–8, 313.
Cur. Reg. R. i, 397, 426; ii, 15.
Close Rolls, 1234–7, 501.
Cal. Pat. 1330–4, 311.
V.C.H. Bucks. i, 360–3.
||Phillipps, Wilts. Inst. 101, 149.