122. THE PRIORY OF CAMMERINGHAM
The church of Cammeringham was granted
before 1126 to the abbey of L'Essay in the
diocese of Coutances, by Robert de Haya, with
the advice of his wife Muriel, (fn. 1) but it seems to
have been granted also, with the manor to which
it was appurtenant, to the Premonstratensian
abbey of Blanchelande in Normandy, early in
the reign of Henry II. (fn. 2) A dispute which arose
between the two abbeys in consequence was
settled in favour of Blanchelande in 1192, by
William bishop of Coutances. (fn. 3) It was probably
about this time that a small priory was built as
a cell to Blanchelande.
The advowson of the priory passed first to Alice
countess of Lancaster, and from her to Hugh le
Despenser in 1325. (fn. 4) Shortly afterwards it was
taken into the king's hands. There was a prior
who had charge of it at any rate until 1345; (fn. 5) but
from 1383 onwards it was let out by the king to
various farmers. One of these, a canon of Torre,
was in 1383 expelled from the priory and robbed
by Adam Blakadam and others; (fn. 6) on his making
complaint to the king he seems to have been
found unfit for his office, for he was formally
removed from it in 1387, and given a pension of
10 marks a year instead. (fn. 7)
In 1396 the abbot of Blanchelande sold all his
rights in the house to the abbot of Hutton in
Staffordshire. (fn. 8)
The revenue of the priory lands with the church
of Cammeringham was in 1380 £37 6s. 9½d.;
in 1387 it was given as £37 11s. 5½d. (fn. 9)
The only prior whose name is recorded is John
Lutehale, who occurs 1337 (fn. 10) and 1345. (fn. 11)
||Round, Cal. of Doc. France, i, 330.
||Ibid. 310 and 311; in these charters, Henry II
grants exemption to the canons of Blanchelande from
suits of shires and hundreds in their manor of Cammeringham.
||Feet of F. (Div. Cos.), 18 Edw. II, No. 49.
||Close, 19 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 22d.
||Pat. 7 Ric. II, pt. i, m. 11 d.
||Ibid. 10 Ric. II, pt. ii, m. 1.
||Ibid. 18 Ric. II, pt. ii, m. 6; Acts of P.C.
(Rec. Com.), i, 197.
||Add. MS. 6164, fols. 370, 480.
||Pat. 11 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 13.
||Close, 19 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 22 d.