It was founded before 1208 by Richard Engayne (Engain), Lord of Blatherwycke on the site of a small castle and dissolved in 1536.
The buildings were granted to Lord Russell 1541/2. Sir Robert Kirkham bought it in 1545 and converted the west range into a country residence, which was demolished along with the remains of the priory in 1749.
A house was subsequently built on the site but demolished in 1956. The stable block remains, converted to a residence.
- Friends of Fineshade website http://www.fineshade.org.uk/abbey
- Rockingham Forest Trust
- Lost Heritage
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