Alien houses: The priory of Wenghale

Pages 241-242

A History of the County of Lincoln: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1906.

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The date of the foundation and the name of the founder of this little priory are alike uncertain, but it was founded before the Lindsey Survey c. 1115, for then the monks of Wenghale held 1 carucate and 4 bovates in Owersby of the Earl of Mortain. It was a cell of the abbey of Sées in Normandy, for Benedictine monks, and the earliest appointment of a prior is dated 1223. (fn. 1) Others continued to be placed in charge of it till 1399; but in 1400 it was granted to a secular clerk in recompense for services rendered to the king. (fn. 2) In 1441 it was granted by Henry VI to the college of St. Nicholas, Cambridge, after the death of Thomas of Cumberworth, who then held it; (fn. 3) but it was afterwards transferred to the college of St. Michael (Trinity College) in exchange for other lands. (fn. 4)

In 1453 it was found by an inquisition that the priory had 11 oxgangs of land in South Kelsey, each containing 20 acres with some meadow. (fn. 5)

The value of its revenue in 1380 was £12 18s. 5d. (fn. 6)

Priors of Wenghale

Philip, (fn. 7) appointed 1223

William de Rupe, (fn. 8) appointed 1242

Galgavus, (fn. 9) resigned 1276

Geoffrey de Oumayo, (fn. 10) appointed 1276

John de Croquet, (fn. 11) occurs 1345

Simon Pynart, (fn. 12) occurs 1345

Michael de Logges, (fn. 13) occurs 1399


  • 1. Linc. Epis. Reg. Rolls of Wells.
  • 2. Pat. 1 Hen. IV, pt. v, m. 23.
  • 3. Ibid. 19 Hen. VI, pt. iii, m. 18.
  • 4. Pat. 21 Hen. VI, pt. ii, m. 42.
  • 5. Mr. Brewster's Notes, from Vernon Papers, Trin. Coll. Camb.
  • 6. Add. MS. 6164, fol. 390.
  • 7. Linc. Epis. Reg. Rolls of Wells.
  • 8. Ibid. Rolls of Grosteste.
  • 9. Ibid. Rolls of Gravesend.
  • 10. Ibid.
  • 11. Close, 19 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 22 d.
  • 12. Pat. 19 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 20.
  • 13. Ibid. I Henry IV, pt. v, m. 29.