118. THE PRIORY OF HORSTEAD (fn. 1)
William Rufus granted the manor of Horstead
to the nuns of the abbey of the Holy Trinity,
Caen, which had been founded by his mother,
Queen Maud. The gift of Horstead was confirmed by Henry I and again by Henry II.
In 1291 the taxation roll shows that the abbess
of Caen held temporalities in Horstead to the
annual value of £20 10s. 6½d., whilst smaller
amounts in six other parishes brought up the total
income in Norfolk to £25 2s. 5½d. In addition
to this there was a pension or portion from the
church of Horstead of £3 13s. 4d.
Horstead was amongst the dissolved alien
priories of 1414, when it came to the crown and
was granted for life to Sir Thomas Erpingham.
It was subsequently granted by Henry VI, in
1431, to complete the foundation of his college of
Saints Mary and Nicholas, now King's College,
||Round, Cal Doc. France, i, 143, 149, 150; Dugdale, Mon. vi, 1057; Blomefield, Hist. of Norf. x, 442; Taylor, Index Monasticus, 12.