Prebendaries: Fordington and Writhlington

Pages 67-68

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

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Fordington (Dorset) in royal manor of Dorchester 1086 (DB I 75b); Writhlington (Somt.) held by Brictuuoldus, king's thegn, 1066 and 1086 (ibid. 99a). Church of Fordington, called St George, Dorchester, gr. to cans. by bp. Osmund 1091 (carta).

Preb. in existence by 1151 (RSO I 268-9), and in Psalter list of c. 1150. Preb. consisted of churches of Fordington and Writhlington. Ordination of Fordington vicarage 1222 (RSO I 322-3).

Dcn.-preb.; cantoris side; term of residence c. 1270: July-Sept.


1220s 30m.; 1226 30m.; c. 1284 15m.; 1291 £16 13s. 4d.


M. Laurence de Sancto Nicholao (fn. 1)

Papal subdcn., clk. of legate Guala, papal chapl. (see Sayers, Papal Govt. index sub Sancto Nicholao). A Roman, first occ. in England 10 Feb. 1218 (Reg. Hon. III no. 1079, cal. CPL I 52). First occ. as can. and this preb. 5 Apr. 1222 (RSO I 322). Donor of a pall by 1222 (ibid. II 138). Also occ. this preb. Oct. 1226 × Feb. 1227 (app. 1). Fined for non-residence Feb. 1227 (RSO II 77); absent, at York, 9 Sept. 1228 (ibid. p. 104); absent 19 Oct. 1233 (Sar. Chs. p. 230). Can. of Lincoln (I Fasti III 131), Chichester; preb. of York (York Minster Fasti II 74).

M. Ralph le Waleys of Brightwell

First occ. as can. 28 March 1275 (Rubrum fos. 147r-148r). Archdcn. of Wilts. by 27 Apr. 1284 (list 10), precentor by 4 Apr. 1288, last occ. 26 Jan. 1294/5 (list 3). Occ. this preb. May-June 1284 (app. 2).

[? William de Middelton

Occ. as parson of Writhlington 18 Oct. 1294 (CPR 1292-1301 p. 120; cf. ibid. pp. 262, 268), so possibly this preb., but does not occ. as can.]

[? Hugh

Occ. as parson of Writhlington 4 Apr. 1297 (CPR 1292-1301 p. 274), so possibly this preb., but does not occ. as can.]

Next identified preb. is M. Gilbert Lovel, who transf. from preb. Preston (list 48), and occ. this preb. 22 Nov. 1310 (2 Fasti III 51; cf. Biog. Ox. II 1166).


  • 1. Also called 'Romanus', cf. RSO II 138, also pd. Ceremonies p. 179.