List of monastic houses in Shropshire

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List of monastic houses in Shropshire is located in Shropshire
Alberbury Priory
Alberbury Priory
Bridgnorth Greyfriars
Bridgnorth Greyfriars
Bromfield Priory
Bromfield Priory
Buildwas Abbey
Buildwas Abbey
Chirbury Priory
Chirbury Priory
Church Preen Priory
Church Preen Priory
Donnington Wood Abbey
Donnington Wood Abbey
Halston Preceptory
Halston Preceptory
Haughmond Abbey
Haughmond Abbey
Lilleshall Abbey
Lilleshall Abbey
Lizard Abbey
Lizard Abbey
Ludlow Austin Friars
Ludlow Austin Friars
Ludlow Whitefriars
Ludlow Whitefriars
Morville Priory
Morville Priory
Ratlinghope Priory
Ratlinghope Priory
SHREWSBURY
SHREWSBURY
Snead Priory
Snead Priory
Stanton Long Preceptory
Stanton Long Preceptory
Stitt, purported cell
Stitt, purported cell
Much Wenlock Priory
Much Wenlock Priory
White Ladies Priory
White Ladies Priory
Wombridge Priory
Wombridge Priory
Woodhouse Austin Friars
Woodhouse Austin Friars
Locations of monastic houses in Shropshire

The following is a list of monastic houses in Shropshire, 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
identification ambiguous or confused

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
Alberbury Priory Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian
dependent on Lilleshall;
founded c.1221-6;
Grandmontine monks
alien house: dependent on Grandmont;
refounded c.1230: confirmed by Fulk fitz Warin of Whittington, 1232;
dissolved c.1441; bought by Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury;
granted to All Souls College, Oxford by Henry VI, in use as a chantry chapel; dissolved 1547;
conventual church converted into a farmhouse called 'White Abbey Farm' 1578; alterations 1857-8
St Mary
____________________
White Abbey
[1][2]

52°43′51″N 2°55′37″W / 52.7308078°N 2.9269673°W / 52.7308078; -2.9269673 (Alberbury Priory)
Beth centuryote Augustinian Canons Regular
dependent on Haughmond;
farm and chapel
Bridgnorth Greyfriars Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual (under the Custody of Worcester)
founded 1244;
dissolved 1538
[3][4]

52°32′13″N 2°24′58″W / 52.5370203°N 2.41615°W / 52.5370203; -2.41615 (Bridgnorth Greyfriars)
Bromfield Priory + secular canons collegiate
founded before 1061;
Benedictine monks
cell dependent on Gloucester, Gloucestershire;
founded 1155;
dissolved 1540; granted to Charles Fox;
church now in parochial use
St Mary, Virgin [5][6][7]

52°23′12″N 2°45′44″W / 52.3866292°N 2.7623601°W / 52.3866292; -2.7623601 (Bromfield Priory)
Buildwas Abbey BuildwasAbbey.jpg Savignac monks — from Savigny
dependent on Savigny;
founded 8 August 1135;
Cistercian monks
orders merged 1147;
dissolved 1535 (1536)
part of monastic buildings incorporated into a private house; (EH)
The Abbey Church of St Mary and St Chad, Buildwas
____________________
Bildewas Abbey
[8][9]

52°38′07″N 2°31′43″W / 52.6353874°N 2.5286472°W / 52.6353874; -2.5286472 (Buildwas Abbey)
Chirbury Priory Augustinian Canons Regular — from Snead
founded c.1190 by Robert de Buthlers, Lord of Montgomery;
canons arrived c.1195;
dissolved 1536; granted Edward Hampton 1545/6
The Priory Church of Saint Michael, Chirbury [10][11]

52°34′46″N 3°05′28″W / 52.5795609°N 3.0911332°W / 52.5795609; -3.0911332 (Chirbury Priory)
Church Preen Priory Cluniac monks
alien house: dependent on Wenlock;
founded after 1150;
cell 1384;
dissolved before 1539
St John the Baptist
____________________
Preen Priory
[12][13]

52°34′44″N 2°40′31″W / 52.5788788°N 2.6753815°W / 52.5788788; -2.6753815 (Church Preen Priory)
Donnington Wood Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian — from Dorchester, Oxfordshire;
(community founded at Lizard c.1143);
transferred from Lizard c.1144;
dissolved c.1148;
transferred to new site at Lilleshall
[14]

52°39′05″N 2°16′56″W / 52.6513825°N 2.2823131°W / 52.6513825; -2.2823131 (Donnington Wood Abbey)
Emstrey possible Saxon minster Eiminstre
Halston Preceptory possible Knights Templar (evidence lacking)
Knights Hospitaller
refounded before 1221 (between 1165 and 1187) by Roger de Powys, Lord of Whittington;
dissolved before 1540; granted to William Horne 1562/3
[15][16]

52°52′30″N 2°59′02″W / 52.8750195°N 2.9838181°W / 52.8750195; -2.9838181 (Halston Preceptory)
Hatton Grange Cistercian monks
grange, dependent on Buildwas;
founded 1227;
dissolved before 1540


Haughmond Abbey HaughmondAbbey.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
priory?
founded c.1110 (1130-8) by William fitz Alan of Clun;
Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian(?)
priory;
before 1130-5;
purportedly raised to abbey status c.1155?;
listed under Augustinian general chapter c.1160-80;
dissolved 9 September 1539; granted to Edward Littleton (died 1558) 1540/1; (EH)
The Abbey Church of St John the Evangelist, Haughmond
____________________
Haghmon Priory
[17][18]

52°43′58″N 2°40′47″W / 52.7327787°N 2.6797897°W / 52.7327787; -2.6797897 (Haughmond Abbey)
Lilleshall Abbey Lilleshall Abbey - geograph.org.uk - 1313407.jpg Augustinian Canons Regular — Arroasian — from Dorchester, Oxfordshire, via Lizard
(community founded at Lizard c.1143);
transferred from Donnington Wood c.1148;
dissolved 1538; granted to James Leveson 1539/40; (EH)
The Blessed Virgin Mary
____________________
Lilleshull Priory
[19][20]

52°43′42″N 2°23′52″W / 52.7282877°N 2.3978198°W / 52.7282877; -2.3978198 (Lilleshall Abbey)
Lizard Abbey Augustinian Canons Regular — from Dorchester, Oxfordshire
founded c.1143;
transferred to new site at Donnington Wood c.1144; retained for use as grange
[21]

52°41′18″N 2°18′55″W / 52.6884603°N 2.3153619°W / 52.6884603; -2.3153619 (Lizard Abbey)
Ludlow Austin Friars Augustinian Friars (under the Limit of Lincoln)
founded 1254; built c.1282;
dissolved 1538; granted to George Cotton and William Man
[22][23]

52°22′02″N 2°42′41″W / 52.367218°N 2.71150°W / 52.367218; -2.71150 (Ludlow Austin Friars)
Ludlow Whitefriars Carmelite Friars
founded 1350 (1349) by Lawrence of Ludlow;
dissolved 1538; granted to Richard Hacket and Thomas Trentham 1559/60
[24][25]

52°22′15″N 2°43′16″W / 52.3708471°N 2.7211171°W / 52.3708471; -2.7211171 (Ludlow Whitefriars)
Lydley Keys Preceptory Knights Templar
founded c.1155-60;
dissolved 1308-12
Lydley Preceptory [26]

Minsterley possible Saxon minster
Morville Priory collegiate church before 1066;
Benedictine monks
priory cell dependent on Shrewsbury;
founded 1138 by the Earl of Shrewsbury, collegiate church granted to Shrewsbury as a cell by Robert, Bishop of Hereford;
dissolved 1540; granted to Henry Lord Lisle 1545/6
St Gregory
____________________
Morfield Priory
[27][28]

52°32′31″N 2°29′19″W / 52.5419111°N 2.4885535°W / 52.5419111; -2.4885535 (Morville Priory)
Ratlinghope Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
priory cell
founded before 1200;
Augustinian Canons Regular — Victorine
priory cell dependent on Wigmore, Herefordshire;
before 1209;
dissolved 1538; granted to Robert Long 1545/6
St Giles
____________________
Ratlingcope Priory
[29][30]

52°34′00″N 2°52′57″W / 52.5666382°N 2.8826331°W / 52.5666382; -2.8826331 (Ratlinghope Priory)
Shrewsbury Abbey + ShrewsburyAbbey.JPG Benedictine monks
founded 1083-6 (c.1080) by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel;
dissolved 1540; granted to Edward Watson and Henry Herdson 1541/2;
part of church now in parochial use
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Shrewsbury
(nave dedicated to The Holy Cross)
[31][32]

52°42′27″N 2°44′37″W / 52.707579°N 2.7436209°W / 52.707579; -2.7436209 (Shrewsbury Abbey)
Shrewsbury Austin Friars, earlier site Augustinian Friars
founded c.1255 by the Stafford family: Henry III granted land to 'poor brethren of Cowlane' (possible Austin Friars) June 1254;
transferred to new site (see immediately below) 1290-8


Shrewsbury Austin Friars Augustinian Friars (under the Limit of Lincoln)
(community founded at earlier site (see immediately above) c.1255;
transferred here 1290-8;
dissolved 1538; granted to Richard Andrews and Nicholas Temple 1543/4
[33][34]

52°42′32″N 2°45′37″W / 52.7088108°N 2.7602613°W / 52.7088108; -2.7602613 (Shrewsbury Austin Friars)
Shrewsbury Blackfriars Dominican Friars (under the Visitation of Oxford)
founded before 1232 by Lady Genevile;
dissolved 1539; granted to Richard Andrews and Nicholas Temple 1543/4
[35][36]

52°42′32″N 2°45′00″W / 52.7087946°N 2.7499241°W / 52.7087946; -2.7499241 (Shrewsbury Blackfriars)
Shrewsbury Greyfriars Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual (under the Custody of Worcester)
founded 1245-6 by Hawise, Countess of Powys;
dissolved 1538; granted to Richard Andrews and Nicholas Temple 1543/4
[37][38]

52°42′18″N 2°44′56″W / 52.705021°N 2.7489638°W / 52.705021; -2.7489638 (Shrewsbury Greyfriars)
Snead Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1190;
transferred to Chirbury c.1195
[39]

52°30′45″N 3°01′05″W / 52.5126037°N 3.0181396°W / 52.5126037; -3.0181396 (Snead Priory)
Stanton Long Camera Knights Templar
camera or grange;
founded c.1221 (before 1228);
dissolved 1308-12
[40]

52°30′22″N 2°38′06″W / 52.5061913°N 2.6349163°W / 52.5061913; -2.6349163 (Stanton Long Preceptory)
Stitt Cell Augustinian Canons Regular
(?)cell dependent on Haughmond — evidence lacking
[41]

52°34′51″N 2°52′57″W / 52.5807376°N 2.8824627°W / 52.5807376; -2.8824627 (purported Stitt Cell)
Wenlock Nunnery WenlockPriory.jpg Saxon nuns
founded c.680 by Merwald, King of West Mercia (or his daughter St Milburga); ruined; Cluniac house built on site (see immediately below)
[42][43][44]

52°35′50″N 2°33′19″W / 52.5973392°N 2.5552118°W / 52.5973392; -2.5552118 (Much Wenlock Priory)
Wenlock Priory possible secular canons — minster
founded c.1050: built by Earl Leofric;
Cluniac monks
alien house: dependent on La Charité: monks invited by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury, built on site of ruined Saxon nunnery (see immediately above);
became denizen: independent from 1395;
dissolved 26 January 1540; granted to Augustino de Augustinis 1544/5; (EH)
The Priory Church of Saint Michael and Saint Milburga, Wenlock
____________________
Much Wenlock Priory
Whitchurch possibly Saxon minster at Album Monasterium
White Ladies Priory WhiteladiesPriory.jpg Augustinian Canonesses
founded c.1199(?);
dissolved 1538(?): granted to William Whorwood 1539/40;
house built on site (EH)
St Leonard
____________________
Brewood White Ladies Priory;
Brewood Priory
[45][46]

52°39′57″N 2°15′30″W / 52.665771°N 2.25842°W / 52.665771; -2.25842 (White Ladies Priory)
Wombridge Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
transferred from Dodlinch, Somerset before? 1226;
founded 1130-5 by William Fitz Alan de Hadley;
dissolved 1536; granted to James Leveson 1539/40;
conventual church continued in parochial use until mid-17th century when ruinous;
Lady Chapel in use until destroyed in a storm 1756;
new parish church built, rebuilt 19th century, in use as current parish church
The Holy Trinity, St Mary Virgin, and St Thomas Martyr
____________________
Wombride Priory
[47][48]

52°42′05″N 2°27′31″W / 52.7014682°N 2.4585396°W / 52.7014682; -2.4585396 (Wombridge Priory)
Woodhouse Austin Friars Augustinian Friars (under the Limit of Lincoln)
founded c.1250: granted by the Turberviles (Tubervilles);
dissolved August 1538; granted to Thomas Reeves and George Cotton
[49][50]

52°23′29″N 2°31′12″W / 52.3914157°N 2.5201231°W / 52.3914157; -2.5201231 (Woodhouse Austin Friars)

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: ALBERBURY PRIORY
  2. ^ British History Online — House of Grandmontine monks: Priory of Alberbury — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.47-50)
  3. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: BRIDGNORTH GREYFRIARS
  4. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Franciscan Friars — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.89-91)
  5. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: BROMFIELD PRIORY
  6. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: BROMFIELD PRIORY
  7. ^ British History Online — Houses of Benedictine monks: Priory of Bromfield — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp. 27-29)
  8. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: BUILDWAS ABBEY
  9. ^ British History Online — House of Cistercian monks: Abbey of Buildwas — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.50-59)
  10. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: CHIRBURY PRIORY
  11. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: Priory of Chirbury — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.59-62)
  12. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: PREEN PRIORY
  13. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cluniac monks: Priory of Preen — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (p.38)
  14. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: MONUMENT NO. 1310088
  15. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: HALSTON HOSPITALLERS PRECEPTORY
  16. ^ British History Online — House of Knights Hospitallers: Preceptory of Halston — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.87-88)
  17. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: HAUGHMOND ABBEY
  18. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: Abbey of Haughmond — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.62-70)
  19. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LILLESHALL ABBEY
  20. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: Abbey of Lilleshall — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.70-80)
  21. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LIZARD GRANGE
  22. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Austin friars — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.95-98)
  23. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LUDLOW AUSTIN FRIARY
  24. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Carmelite Friars — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.93-95)
  25. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: LUDLOW WHITEFRIARS
  26. ^ British History Online — House of Knights Templars: Preceptory of Lydley — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.85-86)
  27. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: ST GREGORYS CHURCH
  28. ^ British History Online — Houses of Benedictine monks: Priory of Morville — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.29-30)
  29. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: RATLINGHOPE PRIORY
  30. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: Priory of Ratlinghope — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (p.80)
  31. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: SHREWSBURY ABBEY
  32. ^ British History Online — Houses of Benedictine monks: Abbey of Shrewsbury — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.30-37)
  33. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: SHREWSBURY AUSTIN FRIARY
  34. ^ British History Online — Houses of Austin Friars: The Austin Friars of Shrewsbury — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.95-98)
  35. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: SHREWSBURY BLACKFRIARS
  36. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Dominican Friars — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.91-93)
  37. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: SHREWSBURY GREYFRIARS
  38. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Franciscan Friars — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp. 89-91)
  39. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: SNEAD PRIORY
  40. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: STANTON LONG GRANGE
  41. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: STITT
  42. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: WENLOCK PRIORY
  43. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: PRIORY HOUSE
  44. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cluniac monks: Abbey, later Priory, of Wenlock — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp. 38-47)
  45. ^ White Ladies Priory Images
  46. ^ British History Online — House of Augustinian canonesses: Priory of St Leonard, Brewood — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.83-84)
  47. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: ST LEONARDS PRIORY
  48. ^ British History Online — Houses of Augustinian canons: Priory of Wombridge — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.80-83)
  49. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: WOODHOUSE AUSTIN FRIARY
  50. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Austin friars — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 2 (pp.95-98)
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