Deeping St. James Priory

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Priory church of Deeping St. James

Deeping St. James Priory was a priory in Lincolnshire, England. In 1139 Baldwin Fitz Gilbert established the Benedictine Priory of Saint James at Deeping as a cell of Thorney Abbey.[1] The cell was dissolved at the surrender of Thorney in 1539.[2][3] The priory church remains as the Church of England parish church of Deeping St James and is a Grade I listed building.[4]

The church contained an organ dating from 1902 by Abbot & Smith; a specification can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[5]

On the south-east side of the churchyard was the priory tithe barn, which measured 90 feet by 20 feet, 6 inches internally. It has variously been described as 13th century, late 15th century, or 17th century. It was demolished in 1963.[1]

There are no surface indications or remains of the monastic house.[1]

Priors of Deeping[edit]

Priory church nave arcade

The list of known names is incomplete:[2]

  • Jocelyn, occurs in the 12th century
  • James Nassington, occurs 1299
  • Thomas of Gosberkirk, occurs from 1329 to 1347
  • John de Charteris, occurs 1358 and 1365
  • William Lee, last prior.


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Monument No. 350059". PastScape. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Priory of Deeping". Houses of Benedictine Monks. Victoria County History. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Allen, Thomas (1834). The history of the county of Lincoln: from the earliest period to the present time, Volume. Lincoln & London: John Saunders Jr. p. 338. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1062680)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "NPOR K01089". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 

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Coordinates: 52°40′18″N 0°17′22″W / 52.6717°N 0.2895°W / 52.6717; -0.2895