120. THE PRIORY OF LONG BENNINGTON
The church of Long Bennington was presented by Ralf de Fougères to the abbey of
Savigny in 1163, (fn. 1) and the grant was confirmed
by King Henry II (fn. 2) and Pope Alexander III; (fn. 3)
but the monks of Savigny had had some right in
the church before this time, and a long dispute
between them and the convent of St. Serge,
Angers, had been brought to a conclusion during
the lifetime of St. Bernard. (fn. 4) But it seems improbable that any priory was built in connexion
with the church until the end of the twelfth
century. (fn. 5)
There was certainly a monk (or monks) at
Long Bennington in 1275, (fn. 6) and there is mention
of a warden or keeper of the house, appointed
from Savigny, on the Patent Rolls of 1319 and
1323. (fn. 7) Later this warden received the title of
prior, (fn. 8) but it seems unlikely that he had any
companions; the notices from 1323 onwards do
not seem to imply the existence of more than
one monk. Yet the revenue of the house would
have supported more; it was of greater value
than any other alien cell in Lincolnshire.
The priory was taken into the king's hands,
and restored again, in 1339-40, (fn. 9) and no doubt
at other times during the war. In 1401 the
priory was being farmed for the king by the prior,
Michael Rogers, and one Michael Montayn. (fn. 10) In
1462 it was granted, with other property of aliens,
for the support of the priory of Mountgrace in
Yorkshire. (fn. 11)
In 1275 the monks of Long Bennington held
four carucates of land in the vill, worth £16,
and the church, worth £40. (fn. 12) In 1380 the
revenue of the priory was valued at £48 3s. 8d.
clear; in 1384 at £51 8s. (fn. 13)
Priors of Long Bennington
Robert, (fn. 14) occurs 1319
Michael Rogers, (fn. 15) occurs 1401 and 1403
||Round, Cal. of Doc. France, i, 305.
||Round, Cal. of Doc. France, i, 296.
||The church of Long Bennington is named throughout these documents, but never the monks of that
||Dugdale, Mon. vi, 1024.
||Pat. 13 Edw. II, m. 43; 16 Edw. II, pt. i, m. 5.
||Close, 11 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 33.
||Ibid. 13 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 34; 16 Edw. III,
pt. ii, m. 11.
Acts of the Privy Council (Rec. Com.), i, 190-3,
and Pat. 2 Hen. IV, pt. iii, m. 7.
||Pat. 1 Edw. IV, pt. vi, m. 14, 13. It was first
granted in 1432; Pat. 9 Hen. V, pt. ii, m. 19.
||Dugdale, Mon. vi, 1024.
||Add. MS. 6164, fols. 370, 480.
||Pat. 13 Edw. II, m. 43.
Acts of the Privy Council (Rec. Com.), i, 190-3;
Pat. 2 Hen. IV, pt. iii, m. 7. This priory should
be reckoned amongst Cistercian cells, as the 'Order of
Savigny' was finally absorbed into that of Citeaux.