List of monastic houses in Leicestershire

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List of monastic houses in Leicestershire is located in Leicestershire
Belvoir Priory
Belvoir Priory
Bradley Priory
Bradley Priory
Breedon Priory
Breedon Priory
Charley Priory
Charley Priory
Croxton Abbey
Croxton Abbey
Dalby Preceptory
Dalby Preceptory
Garendon Abbey
Garendon Abbey
Grace Dieu Priory
Grace Dieu Priory
Heather Preceptory
Heather Preceptory
Hinckley Priory
Hinckley Priory
Kirby Bellars Priory
Kirby Bellars Priory
Langley Priory
Langley Priory
Launde Priory
Launde Priory
LEICESTER (see below)
LEICESTER (see below)
Mount St Bernard Abbey
Mount St Bernard Abbey
Rothley Temple
Rothley Temple
Swinford Preceptory
Swinford Preceptory
Ulverscroft Priory
Ulverscroft Priory
Monasteries in Leicestershire
List of monastic houses in Leicestershire is located in Leicester Central
Leicester Abbey
Leicester Abbey
Austin Friars
Austin Friars
Blackfriars
Blackfriars
Greyfriars
Greyfriars
Holy Cross Priory
Holy Cross Priory
Friars of the Sack (vague loc.)
Friars of the Sack (vague loc.)
Monasteries in Leicester

The following is a list of monastic houses in Leicestershire, England.

In this article alien houses are included, as are smaller establishments such as cells and notable monastic granges (particularly those with resident monks), and also camerae of the military orders of monks (Templars and Hospitallers). The numerous monastic hospitals per se are not included here unless at some time the foundation had, or was purported to have the status or function of an abbey, priory, friary or preceptory/commandery.

The name of the county is given where there is reference to an establishment in another county. Where the county has changed since the foundation's dissolution the modern county is given in parentheses, and in instances where the referenced foundation ceased to exist before the unification of England, the kingdom is given, followed by the modern county in parentheses.

The geographical co-ordinates provided are sourced from the details provided by English Heritage Pastscape [1] and Ordnance Survey publications.

A Monastic Glossary follows the listing, which provides links to articles on the particular monastic orders as well as other terms which appear in the listing.

Abbreviations and key[edit]

The sites listed are ruins unless indicated thus:
* indicates current monastic function
+ indicates current non-monastic ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure)
^ indicates current non-ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure) or redundant intact structure
$ indicates remains limited to earthworks etc.
# indicates no identifiable trace of the monastic foundation remains
~ indicates exact site of monastic foundation unknown

Locations with names in italics indicate probable duplication (misidentification with another location)
or non-existent foundations (either erroneous reference or proposed foundation never implemented)
or ecclesiastical establishments with a monastic appellation but lacking monastic connection.

Trusteeship denoted as follows:
EH English Heritage
LT Landmark Trust
NT National Trust

Alphabetical listing of establishments[edit]

Foundation Image Communities & Provenance Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
OnLine References & Location
Aldermanshaw Priory Cluniac monks
founded before/c.1220-35;
alien house: cell dependent on Bermondsey, Surrey (London);
dissolved/ruinous before 1450;
17th century cottage built on site
Aldermans Haw [1]

52°43′34″N 1°15′29″W / 52.7260054°N 1.2579614°W / 52.7260054; -1.2579614 (Aldermanshaw Priory)
Belvoir Priory Benedictine monks
priory cell, dependent on St Albans, Hertfordshire;
founded 1076-88 begun by Robert de Todeni, lord of Belvoir 1076; completed by Abbot Paul of St Albans;
dissolved 1539
[2][3]

52°53′55″N 0°46′54″W / 52.898541°N 0.781701°W / 52.898541; -0.781701 (Belvoir Priory)
Bradley Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after 1220 by Robert Bundy;
dissolved 1536; granted to Thomas Newell, Esq. 1537/8
Braddley Priory [4][5]

52°33′01″N 0°47′14″W / 52.5502754°N 0.7872391°W / 52.5502754; -0.7872391 (Bradley Priory)
Holy Hill monastery, Breedon Breedonchurch.jpg Saxon Benedictine? monks — from Medeshamstede (Peterborough), (Cambridgeshire)
founded late-7th century;
abandoned 874 during Danish raids;
Augustinian Priory built on site (see immediately below)
[6]

52°48′22″N 1°23′59″W / 52.8061601°N 1.3997376°W / 52.8061601; -1.3997376 (Holy Hill Monastery)
Breedon Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
priory cell dependent on Nostell, Yorkshire;
refounded between 1109 and 1122, on site of earlier Saxon monastery (see immediately above): church of SS Mary and Hardulph granted to Nostel by Robert de Ferrers;
dissolved November 1539; granted to John, Lord Grey 1553
Bredon Priory [6][7]

52°48′22″N 1°24′00″W / 52.8060271°N 1.3999146°W / 52.8060271; -1.3999146 (Breedon Priory)
Buckminster possible Saxon minster
Charley Priory dependent on Luffield, Buckinghamshire;
confirmed to Luffield by the Pope 1173-4;
founded before 1190, granted to Evroul by Countess Parnel of Leicester (Blanchmain's, Earl of Leicester[note 1]);
confirmed to Ware, chief dependency of St Evroul in England 1203-6;
described as hermitage c.1220;
Augustinian Canons Regular
alien house: grange dependent on St Evroul;
founded after 1220;
ruinous 1455;
dissolved 1465; granted to Frideswide, widow;
united with Ulverscroft c.1465
Chorley and Ulverscroft Priory
Locum de S. Mariae de Charleia
[8][9]

52°43′41″N 1°17′29″W / 52.7281837°N 1.2914085°W / 52.7281837; -1.2914085 (Charley Priory)
Croxton Abbey Croxton Kerrial.JPG Premonstratensian Canons — from Newhouse, Lincolnshire;
founded before 1160 (1163, 1162) by William Porcarius;
dissolved 1538 (1539); granted to Thomas, Earl of Rutland 1538/9
Croxton Kerrial Abbey [10][11]

52°50′23″N 0°46′47″W / 52.8396735°N 0.7796618°W / 52.8396735; -0.7796618 (Croxton Abbey)
Dalby and Heather Preceptory Knights Hospitallers
founded before 1206, granted purportedly by Robert Bossu, Earl of Leicester[note 2];
dissolved 1538 (1540);
granted to Sir Andrew Nowell
Old Dalby Preceptory;
Dalby Preceptory
[12][13]

52°48′12″N 0°59′57″W / 52.8033273°N 0.9991068°W / 52.8033273; -0.9991068 (Dalby and Heather Preceptory)
Garendon Abbey Cistercian monks
probable daughter of Waverley, Surrey;
founded 28 October 1133 by Roboert Bossu, Earl of Leicester;
dissolved 1536; granted to Thomas, Earl of Rutland 1540/1;
house named 'Garendon Hall' built on site, demolished 1964
Gerondon Abbey [14][15]

52°46′27″N 1°15′31″W / 52.7742816°N 1.2584791°W / 52.7742816; -1.2584791 (Garendon Abbey)
Grace Dieu Priory ^ GraceDieuPriory.JPG Augustinian Canonesses
founded c.1239/40 by Rose (Rorsia) de Verdon;
'White Nuns of St Augustine'
dissolved 1538; granted to Humphrey Foster 1538/9;
remains incorporated into a cottage; largely demolished 1696;
in care of Grace Dieu Priory Trust;
open to public from late 2004
The Priory Church of Holy Trinity and St Mary, Belton
____________________
Gracedieu Priory;
Belton Priory
[16][17][18]

52°45′40″N 1°21′23″W / 52.7610349°N 1.3564146°W / 52.7610349; -1.3564146 (Grace Dieu Priory)
Heather Preceptory Knights Hospitallers
founded before 1199 (during the reign of King John);
reduced to camera before 1338;
dissolution unknown — administered from Dalby (itself dissolved 1540)
Hether Hospital [13][19]

52°41′36″N 1°25′29″W / 52.6932985°N 1.4245856°W / 52.6932985; -1.4245856 (Heather Preceptory)
Hinckley Priory The Priory House, Hinckley.jpg Benedictine monks
alien house: priory cell dependent on Lyre;
founded before 1173(?): church and land granted to Lyre by Robert [Blanchmaines], Earl of Leicester (confirmed by Henry II);
dissolved 1409; granted to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster;
site later occupied by a mansion then smaller private houses
Hinkley Priory [20]

52°32′25″N 1°22′18″W / 52.540210°N 1.3717014°W / 52.540210; -1.3717014 (Hinckley Priory)
Hinckley Dominican Priory Dominican monks

Kirby Bellars Priory secular college or chantry founded 1316;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1359 by Roger Beller;
dissolved (1534 or) 1536: already destroyed and derelict; granted to Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy 1543/4;
near site of current parish church
Kirkby Bellers Priory;
Kirby Bellers Priory;
Kirkby Bellairs Priory;
Kerkbey on the Wrethek Priory
[21][22]

52°45′30″N 0°56′17″W / 52.7582447°N 0.9380704°W / 52.7582447; -0.9380704 (Kirby Bellars Priory)
Langley Priory Benedictine nuns — from Farewell, Staffordshire
founded c.1150(?) by William Pantulf (Pontulf) and his wife burgia;
Cistercian nuns? (claimed during time of Pope Alexander III, claim apparently abandoned 13th century);
dissolved 1536 (before1537);
granted to Thomas Grey 1543/4;
incorporated into a 16th/17th century house; present house incorporates medieval fabric
The Priory Church of God and the Blessed Virgin [23][24]

52°48′28″N 1°21′30″W / 52.8077758°N 1.3581969°W / 52.8077758; -1.3581969 (Langley Priory)
Launde Priory # The Chapel at Launde Abbey, part of the original priory buildings Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1119-25 by Richard Basset and his wife Maud;
dissolved 1539; granted to Thomas, Lord Cromwell 1539/40;
site occupied by manor house named 'Launde Abbey'
now a retreat/conference centre
St John the Baptist
____________________
Landa Priory
[25][26]

52°37′51″N 0°49′25″W / 52.6309714°N 0.8237097°W / 52.6309714; -0.8237097 (Launde Priory)
Leicester Abbey Leicester Abbey nave and cloister.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1143 (1139?) by Robert Bossu, Earl of Leicester;
dissolved 1538; granted to William, Marquis of Northampton 1550/1
The Abbey Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Leicester
____________________
St Mary de Pre;
St Mary de Pratis
(St Mary of the Meadows)
[27][28]

52°38′52″N 1°08′18″W / 52.6477073°N 1.1384046°W / 52.6477073; -1.1384046 (Leicester Abbey)
Leicester Austin Friary Augustinian hermits
founded 1254;
dissolved November 1538; granted to John Bellew and John Broxholm
St Catherine? [29][30]

52°38′00″N 1°08′40″W / 52.6333616°N 1.1444282°W / 52.6333616; -1.1444282 (Leicester Austin Friars)
Leicester Blackfriars # Dominican Friars (under the Visitation of Oxford)
founded before 1284;
dissolved 1538; granted to Henry, Marquis of Dorset 1546/7
[31][32]

52°38′13″N 1°08′40″W / 52.6369501°N 1.1443859°W / 52.6369501; -1.1443859 (Leicester Blackfriars)
Leicester Friars of the Sack ~ Friars of the Sack
founded before 1274;
apparently abandoned by 1295
[33]

52°37′50″N 1°08′40″W / 52.6306682°N 1.1444852°W / 52.6306682; -1.1444852 (Leicester Friars of the Sack (actual site unknown)) (actual site unknown)
Leicester Greyfriars Greyfriars funeral procession, John Nichols.jpg Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual (under the Custody of Oxford)
founded before 1230 (1265) by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester;
Burial place of King Richard III after his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth 1485 (confirmed by the recovery of his body 2013);
dissolved 1538; granted to John Bellew and John Broxholm 1545/6
[34][35]

52°38′00″N 1°08′13″W / 52.6333128°N 1.137042°W / 52.6333128; -1.137042 (Leicester Greyfriars)
Leicester — Holy Cross Priory * Holy Cross Priory, Leicester.jpg Dominican Friars
founded 1882; church consecrated 14 May 1958; extant
The Priory of the Holy Cross, Leicester [36]

52°37′50″N 1°07′49″W / 52.6305168°N 1.1301541°W / 52.6305168; -1.1301541 (Holy Cross Priory, Leicester)
Minsterton Monastery possible Saxon minster
Mount St Bernard Abbey, earlier site # Cistercian monks (Cistercian order of the Strict Observance (Trappists)
founded 1835;
became a guest house when new monastery (see immediately below) opened 1844;
reformatory 1856;
closed 1885, demolished
[37][38][39]

52°44′08″N 1°19′23″W / 52.735655°N 1.3231122°W / 52.735655; -1.3231122 (Mount St Bernard Abbey, earlier site)
Mount St Bernard Abbey * MountStBernardAbbey.JPG Cistercian monks (Cistercian order of the Strict Observance (Trappists)
founded 1844;
replaced earlier monastery (see immediately above); extant
[38][39][40][41]

52°44′29″N 1°19′23″W / 52.7413519°N 1.323072°W / 52.7413519; -1.323072 (Mount St Bernard Abbey)
Owston Abbey + St Andrew's Church, Owston.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroaisan
founded before 1161 by Sir Robert Grimbald, confirmed by Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury;
Augustinian Canons Regular
independent from before 1260-80;
dissolved 1536; granted to Sir John Harrington 1538/9;
site now in private ownership as Manor Farm;
church restored and now in parochial use
The Abbey Church of Saint Andrew, Owston
____________________
Osulveston Priory
[42][43]

52°39′50″N 0°51′23″W / 52.6638418°N 0.8565259°W / 52.6638418; -0.8565259 (Owston Abbey)
Rothley Temple Knights Templar
founded 1231: manor granted by Henry III;
chapel built c.1240;
Knights Hospitaller
transferred 1312 (1313);
dissolved before 1489 (1540); transferred to the Crown;
granted to Babington family;
manor house built on site
Rothley Preceptory [44][45]

52°42′19″N 1°08′56″W / 52.7053135°N 1.1489457°W / 52.7053135; -1.1489457 (Rothley Preceptory)
Swinford Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded before 1199: (granted before the reign of King John);
under Dalby before 1220;
separate camera under a seneschal 1338;
dissolved 1538
[46]

52°24′22″N 1°10′42″W / 52.4061433°N 1.1782274°W / 52.4061433; -1.1782274 (Swinford Preceptory)
Ulverscroft Priory Ulverscroft Priory - geograph.org.uk - 172533.jpg Augustinian Eremites
founded 1134: land granted by Ranulph de Gernon, Earl of Chester;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded before c.1174(?) by Robert, Earl of Leicester;
still referred to as a hermitage c.1220;
suppression avoided 1536;
dissolved 15 September 1539;
now in private ownership without public access
St Mary [47][48]

52°42′36″N 1°15′35″W / 52.709889°N 1.259861°W / 52.709889; -1.259861 (Ulverscroft Priory)
Ulverscroft Monastery uncertain order and foundation

Glossary[edit]


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Map link to lists of monastic houses in England by county[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Charley Priory — sic. Cobbett
  2. ^ Dalby — Cobbett states hospital of Knights Templar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: ALDERMANS HAW
  2. ^ British History Online — Houses of Benedictine monks: The priory of Belvoir — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Lincoln: Volume 2 (pp.124-127)
  3. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: BELVOIR PRIORY
  4. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: BRADLEY PRIORY
  5. ^ British History Online — British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: The priory of Bradley — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.24-25)
  6. ^ a b British History Online — British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: The priory of Breedon — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.8-10)
  7. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: CHURCH OF ST MARY AND ST HARDULF
  8. ^ British History Online — British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: The priory of Charley — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.23-24)
  9. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: CHARLEY PRIORY
  10. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: CROXTON ABBEY
  11. ^ British History Online — British History Online — House of Premonstratensian canons: The abbey of Croxton Kerrial — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.28-31)
  12. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: DALBY HOSPITALLERS PRECEPTORY
  13. ^ a b British History Online — House of Knights Hospitallers: Preceptory of Dalby and Heather — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.32-33)
  14. ^ British History Online — House of Cistercian monks: The abbey of Garendon — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.5-7)
  15. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: GARENDON ABBEY
  16. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: GRACE DIEU PRIORY
  17. ^ British History Online — House of Augustinian nuns: The priory of Grace Dieu — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.27-28)
  18. ^ The Priory of Grace Dieu
  19. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: HEATHER HOSPITALLERS PRECEPTORY
  20. ^ British History Online — Alien house — Priory of Hinckley — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.52-53)
  21. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: KIRBY BELLARS PRIORY
  22. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: Kirkby Bellairs — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.25-26)
  23. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LANGLEY PRIORY
  24. ^ British History Online — House of Benedictine nuns: The priory of Langley — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.3-5)
  25. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LAUNDE CHAPEL AND LAUNDE PRIORY
  26. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: The priory of Launde — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.10-13)
  27. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LEICESTER ABBEY
  28. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: Leicester abbey — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.13-19)
  29. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LEICESTER AUSTIN FRIARY
  30. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Friaries in Leicester — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.33-35)
  31. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LEICESTER BLACKFRIARS
  32. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Friaries in Leicester — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.33-35)
  33. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Friaries in Leicester — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.33-35)
  34. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LEICESTER GREYFRIARS
  35. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Friaries in Leicester — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.33-35)
  36. ^ Leicester
  37. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: MOUNT ST BERNARDS ABBEY
  38. ^ a b British History Online — Post-dissolution house: Cistercian abbey of Mount Saint Bernard — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.53-54)
  39. ^ a b Mount Saint Bernard Abbey in Leictershire
  40. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: MOUNT ST BERNARDS ABBEY
  41. ^ Home - Mount Saint Bernard
  42. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: OWSTON ABBEY
  43. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: The abbey of Owston — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.21-23)
  44. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: ROTHLEY TEMPLARS PRECEPTORY
  45. ^ British History Online — House of Knights Templar — Preceptory of Rothley — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.31-32)
  46. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: SWINFORD HOSPITALLERS PRECEPTORY
  47. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: ULVERSCROFT PRIORY
  48. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: The priory of Ulverscroft — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 2 (pp.19-21)
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