Ravenstone Priory

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Ravenstone Priory was a medieval monastic house in Buckinghamshire, England. It was established c.1255 and was dissolved in 1524.

History[edit]

Ravenstone Priory was founded c.1255 on land owned by Peter Chaceporc, archdeacon of Wells and Keeper of the Royal Wardrobe.[1][2] It was established as a house for canons following the Rule of St Augustine and dedicated to St Mary.[2] There are no known records of the number of canons at the priory at its foundation, and very little is known about the priory's history or architecture. The canons at the priory received 20 shillings each as an annual income.[1]

The priory was dissolved on 17 February 1524, probably due to a decreased number of canons, as there were only two remaining at this point. The priory was dissolved by Thomas Wolsey, who used the resulting funds to establish a college at Oxford University (now Christ Church College).[1] It later came under the ownership of Francis Bryan and, after him, Robert Throgmorton.[2]

A farmhouse was later built on the site of the priory, and known as the Abbey.[2] The remains of the priory, moats and fishponds have been listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Houses of Austin canons: The priory of Ravenstone". A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 1. pp. 381–382. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Storer, James Sargant; Greig, John (1809). Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet: Containing a Series of Elegant Views of the Most Interesting Objects of Curiosity in Great Britain. W. Clarke. pp. 382–383. 
  3. ^ "Ravenstone Priory, moats and fishponds". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 52°08′55″N 0°45′32″W / 52.1487°N 0.7589°W / 52.1487; -0.7589