Prebendaries: Beminster Prima

Pages 48-49

Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 4, Salisbury. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1991.

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Manor of Beaminster (Dorset) part of pre-Conquest episcopal estates of Sherborne (see AS Chs. Sherborne pp. xxxviii-xxxix, lvii, lviii, 47; DB I 77b). One of 'villas preter militum terras' given to cans. by bp. Osmund in 1091 (carta). Conf. by pope 26 Nov. 1146 (PUE II no. 53 p. 209).

Two prebs. prob. in existence by c. 1150 (Psalter list). In 1220s called 'Beymenistr' Valentin' and 'Beymenistr' Rogeri' (C. 462, pd. Sar. Chs. p. 207; cf. RSO II 72; cf. also C. 511, of c. 1284). Called Prima and Secunda c. 1270 (C. 461) and 1284 (app. 2). Both prebs. called 'Beyminister' without distinction 1291 (Taxatio p. 181b).

Both dcn.-prebs.; decani side; terms of residence c. 1270: Prima Jan.-Mar., and Secunda Oct.-Dec.


1220s 16m.; 1226 16m.; c. 1284 10m.; 1291 £13 6s. 8d.


[? Savaric

This preb. said by Jones, Fasti p. 357, to be called 'in an ancient document "Beminster Savarici"', but this source has not been traced. Savaric occ. as archdcn. [? of Salisbury], 1174 x 84 (list 9) and as treas. from before 1188 to his el. as bp. of Bath 26 Dec. 1191 (list 5); preb. Heytesbury in 1180s (list 35).]

[M. Roger de Worth

Already a Master, but not yet can. 1219 (RSO I 357; cf. Reg. Malmes. I 398); last occ. without title of can. 26 March 1222 (RSO I 323). First occ. as can. 29 Sept. 1225 (ibid. II 38). (fn. 1) Occ. preb. Beminster, perhaps this preb., Oct. 1226 x Feb. 1227 (app. 1), and preb. called 'Beymenistr' Rogeri' 1220s (C. 462, pd. Sar. Chs. p. 207). Occ. several times. Last occ., by proxy, 9 Sept. 1228 (RSO II 104, 110; cf. HMC Var. Coll. I 354).]

Thomas de Ripton

First occ. as can. 4 Oct. 1262 (Sar. Stats. p. 100, also pd., but with defective date, RSO I 354; cf. Sar. Chs. pp. 336-7, of Dec. 1262). Occ. this preb. May-June 1284 (app. 2). Occ. frequently (cf. app. 3). Resident can. 29 Aug. 1285 (HMC Var. Coll. I 344). Transf. to preb. Coombe (list 28), presum. some time before 3 March 1298 (see below).

M. John de Polbergh alias Medicus

Preb. Warminster (list 60), transf. to this preb., d. as this preb. before 3 March 1298 (Reg. Gandavo II 571).

M. Richard de Bello (fn. 2)

Coll. to this preb. 3 March 1298 in succession to John de Polbergh (Reg. Gandavo II 571). Exch. with Henry de Nassington for preb. Grantham Australis, pres. 10 June, adm. 27 June 1298 (list 32). Also preb. of Hereford, coll. 1305, d. by 1326 (2 Fasti II 38). No evidence for identification with Richard de Hadingham or Lafford, of Hereford 'Mappa Mundi', and not to be confused with man of same name (who does not occ. as Master), who was preb. Lafford and treas. Lincoln, who d. perhaps 4 Nov. 1278 (1 Fasti III 20, 73).

M. Henry de Nassington (fn. 3)

Coll. 10 June 1298 (Reg. Gandavo II 576). Transf. to preb. Grantham Australis, pres. 11 Aug., inst. 26 Aug. 1298 (list 32).

William de Braybrok

Preb. Alton Australis (list 13), transf. to this preb., coll. 11 Aug. 1298 (Reg. Gandavo II 579). Last occ. as can. 16 July 1319 (Sar. Stats. p. 136). Commem. 17 Jan. (ibid. p. 3).


  • 1. Cart. Waltham no. 113, in which he occ., is dated by its editor 'June 1217 x 13 Nov. 1219', but the appearance there of William of Leicester suggests a date after 1226 (list 66, and cf. also M. Luke of Winchester and Valentine, lists 51, 19).
  • 2. For his career, see Biog. Ox. I 556
  • 3. ? Northants; cf. Reg. Sutton II 28, where he occ. as parson of Luddington in the Brook, Northants, about 8 miles from Nassington.