Houses of Benedictine nuns: The abbey of Lyminge

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A History of the County of Kent: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1926.

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Ethelburga daughter of Ethelbert, king of Kent, married Edwin, king of Northumbria, in 625; and after his death in 633 she returned with Paulinus, the bishop, to Kent, and founded a monastery at ' Limninge' which her brother Eadbald, king of Kent, had granted to her; taking the veil herself with other nuns, and being buried there at her death. (fn. 1)

The monastery appears to have been double, for men and women, as was often the case in early times; for Cuthbert, archbishop of Canterbury, is said in a charter (fn. 2) granted to it by Ethelbert, king of Kent, in 741 to have been abbot there; while a charter of Cynewulf, kingof Mercia, and Cuthred, king of Kent, in 804 is addressed to Selethrytha, abbess. Charters were also granted by Wihtred, king of Kent, in 694, and Ethelstan in 964; but little is, known of the history of the monastery, which eventually came into the possession of Christchurch, Canterbury.


  • 1. Hist. Mon. St. Aug. (Rolls Ser.), 176, 177, 227.
  • 2. For these charters see Dugdale, Mon. i, 452; Twysdeh, Decem Scriptores, 2208-9, 2213, 2223.