7. THE CELL OF ST. PEGA
It seems very doubtful whether this was ever
a monastery in the strict sense of the word. St.
Pega, the sister of St. Guthlac, is said to have
occupied a cell somewhere near her brother's
monastery, and the traditional site of her hermitage is in Northamptonshire. But the chronicle
of Ingulf (fn. 1) asserts that her cell was on the east side
of the monastery of Crowland; and also that
on the rebuilding of the abbey Abbot Turketyl
established in the cell of St. Pega, and to her
honour, a community of learned clerks, who
were to keep the canonical hours day and night,
and to be maintained by the abbey, though they
were not monks. Seculars who wished to embrace the regular life at Crowland were sometimes
tested here first. Some years later, however,
when nearly all these clerks had become monks,
Turketyl decided that it would be better not to
have a regular community at St. Pega's, as it
might prove prejudicial to the abbey. He therefore withdrew the remaining clerks, and appointed
a single priest to serve the chapel of St. Pega at
the expense of the monastery. There was still
a chapel of St. Pega within the precincts of
Crowland in 1434 (fn. 2) ; but never again a community of clerks to serve it.
Rerum Angl. Script. (ed. Gale), fol. 40.
||Linc. Epis. Reg. Memo. Gray, 128.