73. THE PRIORY OF CREETING
Robert, earl of Mortain, in the time of the
Conqueror, gave the manor of Creeting St. Olave
(Gratingis) to the Benedictine Abbey of Grestein
in Normandy; it was held in chief of the king. (fn. 1)
The taxation of 1291 enters 18s. 8d. as the
annual value of land pertaining to the prior of
'Gretingge' (under the abbot of Grestein) in
Barking, Essex. This priory at the same time
had 7s. 1d. in Earl Stonham, whilst the manor
of Creeting St. Olave produced £9 0s. 5¼d. (fn. 2)
The goods and stock pertaining to the priory
of Creeting St. Olave were valued by the crown,
in 1325, at £17 10s. 1d. (fn. 3)
Edward III granted this manor during the
French war in 1345 to one Tydeman de Lymbergh, a merchant; but in 1360 permitted the
abbot and convent of Grestein to sell it to
Sir Edmund de la Pole. (fn. 4)
||Dom. Bk.; Testa de Nevill (Rec. Com.), 295.
Pope Nich. Tax. (Rec. Com.), 129, 129b.
||Mins. Accts. bdle. 1127, No. 4.
||Pat. 22 Edw. III, pt. iii, m. 13; Close,
33 Edw. III, m. 6.