Austin friaries: Orford

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A History of the County of Suffolk: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1975.

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A priory of Austin Friars was founded at Orford in the reign of Edward I. Robert de Hewell, in 1295, gave them a plot of ground in Orford, sixteen perches square, whereon to build. (fn. 1)

The Austin Friars of Orford obtained pardon in 1314 for having acquired, without licence, a small plot of land from John Engaye for the enlargement of their site. (fn. 2)

They had licence in the following year to add another small plot, 30 ft. long by 3 ft. broad, to their area. (fn. 3)

A further plot of land, to enlarge their dwelling, was granted to these friars in 1337, by Walter de Hewell of Orford. (fn. 4)

Helen Holder, of Orford, bequeathed, in 1526, to the Friars Austin of Orford 10s. to sing a 'trentall of Massis for my soule, the mony to be parted among them that be priests.' (fn. 5)


  • 1. Inq. a. q. d. 23 Edw. I, No. 120.
  • 2. Pat. 7 Edw. II, pt. ii, m. 24.
  • 3. Ibid. 9 Edw. II, pt. i, m. 30.
  • 4. Ibid. 11 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 32.
  • 5. Add. MS. 19101, fol. 111.