List of monastic houses in West Yorkshire

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List of monastic houses in West Yorkshire is located in West Yorkshire
Arthington Priory
Arthington Priory
Barwick-in-Elmete Monastery (traditional site)
Barwick-in-Elmete Monastery (traditional site)
Collingham (Ingetlingum) Monastery
Collingham (Ingetlingum) Monastery
Esholt Priory
Esholt Priory
Headley Priory
Headley Priory
Kirklees Priory
Kirklees Priory
Kirkstall Abbey
Kirkstall Abbey
Knaresborough Priory
Knaresborough Priory
Newland Preceptory
Newland Preceptory
Nostell Priory
Nostell Priory
Pontefract Blackfriars
Pontefract Blackfriars
Pontefract Priory
Pontefract Priory
Sinningthwaite Priory
Sinningthwaite Priory
Temple Hirst Preceptory
Temple Hirst Preceptory
Woodkirk Priory
Woodkirk Priory
Locations of monastic houses in West Yorkshire

The following is a list of monastic houses in West Yorkshire, 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
Allerton Mauleverer Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Arthington Priory Arthington Hall, Arthington - geograph.org.uk - 267330.jpg Cluniac nuns
founded 1154-5 by Peter de Ardington;
with regular priests or brethren 1155 to after 1318;
dissolved 1539; granted to Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury 1542/3
[1][2]

53°54′06″N 1°33′43″W / 53.9016976°N 1.561971°W / 53.9016976; -1.561971 (Arthington Priory)
Barnoldswick Abbey Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in Lancashire
Barwick-in-Elmete Monastery $? Saxon monastery
founded before c.730 by Abbot Thrydwulf(?) (before 636);
?destroyed 9th century;
Saxon remains in church
[3]

53°54′06″N 1°33′43″W / 53.9016976°N 1.561971°W / 53.9016976; -1.561971 (Barwick-in-Elmete Monastery (traditional site)) (traditional)
Beauchief Abbey Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Bolton Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Collingham Monastery Saxon monastery
founded by Eanfled, daughter of King Edwin;
destroyed c.875; identified with Ingetlingum (before 1873 considered to be Gilling)
Ingetlingum [4][5]

53°54′31″N 1°24′28″W / 53.9086929°N 1.4077842°W / 53.9086929; -1.4077842 (Collingham (Ingetlingum) Monastery)
Copmanthorpe Preceptory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Doncaster Greyfriars Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Doncaster Whitefriars Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Drax Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Ecclesfield Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Embsay Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Esholt Priory # Cistercian nuns
founded 12th century;
with regular priests or brethren to after 1318;
dissolved 1539;
site now occupied by house named 'Esholt Hall'
Esseholt Priory [6][7]

53°51′11″N 1°42′53″W / 53.8529221°N 1.7146075°W / 53.8529221; -1.7146075 (Esholt Priory)
Fountains Abbey Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Hampole Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Headley Priory Benedictine monks
alien house: dependent on Marmoutier
founded before 1125, benefacted by Ypolitus de Bram, his charter dated 1125;
dissolved 1414;
granted to Holy Trinity, York
St Mary [8]

53°51′48″N 1°19′57″W / 53.8633534°N 1.3324195°W / 53.8633534; -1.3324195 (Headley Priory)
Healaugh Park Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Kirkby Malham Cell Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Kirklees Priory Kirklees Priory Gatehouse, Clifton - geograph.org.uk - 177762.jpg Cistercian nuns
founded before 1138(?), grant by Reyner (Reynerus) Flandrensis (Flandersis), confirmed by his lord William de Warenne;
dissolved November 1539; granted to John Tasburgh and Nicholas Savill 1544/5
The Blessed Virgin Mary and St James
____________________
Kirkleghes Priory
[9][10]

53°41′42″N 1°44′12″W / 53.6950438°N 1.7365909°W / 53.6950438; -1.7365909 (Kirklees Priory)
Kirkstall Abbey KirkstallAbbey.JPG hermit community
(community founded at Barnoldswick 19 May 1147);
Cistercian monks — from Fountains (North Yorkshire) via Barnoldswick (Lancashire)
founded 20 May 1152: land granted to community from Barnoldswick by William of Poictou, at the instance of their founder Henry de Lacy;
some of the hermits joined the new foundation;
dissolved 22 November 1540;
now in ownership of Leeds Corporation,
public access to church exterior and monastic buildings
[11][12][13]
[14][15][16]

53°49′15″N 1°36′23″W / 53.8209414°N 1.6062999°W / 53.8209414; -1.6062999 (Kirkstall Abbey)
Knaresborough Priory Trinitarians
founded c.1252: patronised by Richard, King of the Romans;
destroyed by the Scots 1318;
dissolved 30 December 1538; granted to Francis of Shrewsbury 1553;
building called 'The Priory' built on early monastic foundations; remains in the garden of Abbey House
The Holy Trinity and St Robert
____________________
Knaresburgh Priory
[17][18]

53°59′45″N 1°27′26″W / 53.995923°N 1.4570859°W / 53.995923; -1.4570859 (Knaresborough Priory)
Monk Bretton Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Newland Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded after 1199, manor granted by John;
chapel rebuilt 1519;
dissolved 1540; granted to Francis Jobson and Andrew Dudley 1546/7;
chapel demolished c.1860; possible remains of the preceptory chapel incorporated into 16th/17th century fabric in a barn
[19][20][21]
[22][23]

53°41′49″N 1°26′50″W / 53.6970415°N 1.4471376°W / 53.6970415; -1.4471376 (Newland Preceptory)
Nostell Priory, earlier site Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1114 by Robert de Lacy;
transferred to new site (see immediately below) before 1120
Nostell Priory # Nostell Priory by Morris (1880).jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
(community founded at earlier site (see immediately above) c.1114);
transferred here before 1120 (possibly not occupied until 1122);
dissolved 1539 (1540); granted to Thomas Leigh 1539/40;
site now occupied by a mansion named 'Nostell Priory'
The Priory Church of Saint Oswald, Nostell [24][25]

53°39′19″N 1°23′00″W / 53.6553085°N 1.3833815°W / 53.6553085; -1.3833815 (Nostell Priory)
Nun Appleton Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Nun Monkton Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Pontefract Blackfriars # Dominican Friars (under the Visitation of York)
founded 1256 by Edmund de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln (built before 1266 by Simon Pyper);
dissolved 26 November 1538; granted to William Clifford and Michael Wildbore 1544/5
St Richard [26][27]

53°41′23″N 1°18′36″W / 53.6895915°N 1.3098729°W / 53.6895915; -1.3098729 (Pontefract Blackfriars)
Pontefract Greyfriars (?) alleged Franciscan Friars[note 1];
disputed[note 2]; probably mistaken for Dominican Friars
Pontefract Priory Cluniac monks
alien house: dependent on La Charité
founded c.1090 by Robert de Lacy;
became denizen: independent from 1393;
dissolved 1539; granted to William, Lord Talbot 1553
The Priory Church of Saint John of Pontefract [28][29]

53°41′52″N 1°18′02″W / 53.6979022°N 1.3006434°W / 53.6979022; -1.3006434 (Pontefract Priory)
Pontefract Whitefriars (?) alleged college of Carmelite Friars[note 3]
founded before 1257 (1258[note 4]) by Edmund Lacy (Earl of Lincoln?)[note 5];
disputed[note 6]
Ribstone Preceptory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Ripon Cathedral Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Roche Abbey Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Sawley Abbey Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in Lancashire
Selby Abbey Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Skewkirk Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Snaith Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in the East Riding of Yorkshire
Syningthwaite Priory $ Cistercian nuns
founded c.1160 by Bertram Haget;
apparently with brethren from c.1169 (papal bull of Alexander III 1172), until 14th century(?);
dissolved 3 August 1535;
granted to John, Earl of Warwick 1550/1;
remains incorporated into Priory Farmhouse, built on site
St Mary
____________________
Sinningthwaite Priory
[30][31]

53°55′56″N 1°17′55″W / 53.9322901°N 1.2985821°W / 53.9322901; -1.2985821 (Sinningthwaite Priory)
Tadcaster Monastery Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Temple Hirst Preceptory Knights Templar
founded 1152 by Ralph Hastings;
dissolved 1308-12;
granted to Lord Darcy;
now incorporated into the buildings of Temple Farm and public house built on site
Temple Hurste [32][33]

53°42′57″N 1°05′00″W / 53.7159553°N 1.0834005°W / 53.7159553; -1.0834005 (Temple Hirst Preceptory)
Temple Newsham Preceptory # Knights Templar
founded before 1181 (possibly initially located at Newbond), granted by William de Villiers;
dissolved 1308-12;
church of Whitkirk built on site
[34]

Tickhill Austin Friars Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Tickhill Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Tickhill Trinitarians Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in South Yorkshire
Wetherby Preceptory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Whitley Preceptory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in North Yorkshire
Woodkirk Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
cell dependent on Nostell;
founded 1138-47 (before 1135) by William de Warenne and others, who granted chapel of St Mary to Nostell;
dissolved 1539 (1540); granted to George Talbot and Robert Savill
Widkirk Priory [35]

53°43′17″N 1°35′22″W / 53.7213296°N 1.5895736°W / 53.7213296; -1.5895736 (Woodkirk Priory)

Glossary[edit]


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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pontefract Greyfriars  Leland, Itinerary, iv, p.13
  2. ^ Pontefract Greyfriars  Tanner, Notitia Monastica, p.692
  3. ^ Pontefract Whitefriars  Leland, Itinerary, i, p.39 states Edmund Lacy built college
  4. ^ Pontefract Whitefriars  actual date of death of the Earl of Lincoln was 1258
  5. ^ Pontefract Whitefriars  Tanner, Notitia Monastica, and Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum state Edmund Lacy was the Earl of Lincoln, who died 1257 (sic.)
  6. ^ Pontefract Whitefriars  T. M. Fallow rejected the alleged foundation

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: THE NUNNERY
  2. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cluniac nuns: Priory of Arthington — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.187-190)
  3. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: MONUMENT NO. 54569
  4. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: INGETLINGUM
  5. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: INGETLINGUM
  6. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: ESHOLT HALL
  7. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cistercians nuns: Priory of Esholt — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.161-163)
  8. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: HEADLEY PRIORY
  9. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: KIRKLEES PRIORY
  10. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cistercians nuns: Kirklees Priory — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (p.170)
  11. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cistercian monks: Kirkstall — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.142-146)
  12. ^ Kirkstall Abbey — Homepage
  13. ^ Kirkstall Online — The Abbey
  14. ^ English Abbeys — Kirkstall Abbey
  15. ^ Kirkstall Abbey on AboutBritain.com
  16. ^ Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds — UK Attraction
  17. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: KNARESBOROUGH PRIORY
  18. ^ British History Online — Friaries: The Trinitarian friars of Knaresborough — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.296-300)
  19. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: NEWLAND HOSPITALLERS PRECEPTORY
  20. ^ British History Online — Houses of Knights Hospitaller — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.260-262)
  21. ^ Stanley History Online — Newland Estate
  22. ^ Walks in Yorkshire; Wakefield and ... — William Stott Banks — Google Books
  23. ^ KNIGHTS TEMPLAR and KNIGHTS HOSPITALLERS, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts
  24. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: NOSTELL PRIORY
  25. ^ British History Online — Houses of Austin canons: Priory of Nostell — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.231-235)
  26. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: PONTEFRACT BLACKFRIARS
  27. ^ British History Online — Friaries: Black friars of Pontefract — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.271-273)
  28. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: PONTEFRACT PRIORY
  29. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cluniac monks: Priory of Pontefract — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.184-186)
  30. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: SINNINGTHWAITE PRIORY
  31. ^ British History Online — Houses of Cistercians nuns: Priory of Sinningthwaite — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.176-178)
  32. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: TEMPLE MANOR
  33. ^ British History Online — Houses of Knights Templar — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.256-260)
  34. ^ British History Online — Houses of Knights Templar — Victoria County History: A History of the County of York: Volume 3 (pp.256-260)
  35. ^ Pastscape — Detailed Result: WOODKIRK PRIORY CELL
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