List of monastic houses in Merseyside

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List of monastic houses in Merseyside is located in Merseyside
Bromborough Monastery
Bromborough Monastery
Birkenhead Priory Birkenhead Priory
Birkenhead Priory Birkenhead Priory
Hilbre Island Monastery
Hilbre Island Monastery
Locations of monastic houses in Merseyside

The following is a list of monastic houses in Merseyside, 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 Historic England 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
Birkenhead Priory Birkenhead Priory, exterior.jpg Benedictine monks
founded c.1150 by Hamon de Masci, Baron of Dunham Massey;
dissolved 1536; granted to Ralph Worseley 1544/5
St James the Great
Birkenhedde Priory;
Bircheved Priory;
Byrkett Priory;
Birket-wood Priory

53°23′22″N 3°0′41″W / 53.38944°N 3.01139°W / 53.38944; -3.01139 (Birkenhead Priory)
Bromborough Monastery + built by Aethelflaed, apparently incorporating an earlier foundation;
(also given as located in Devon[note 1])
granted to the Abbey of St Werburgh 1152;
irrevokably dilapidated before 1827;
demolished 1827;
successor church built on site from monastic material; demolished 1863-4;
new church built just to the south of the site

53°19′59″N 2°58′44″W / 53.3330193°N 2.9788291°W / 53.3330193; -2.9788291 (Bromborough Monastery)
Hilbre Island Monastery Benedictine monks
founded after 1093;
cell of Our Lady of monks, Chester;
chapel (built before 1081) granted to Chester;
apparently merely a hermitage, although a prior is attributed
dissolved 1539
St Mary
Ilbre Monastery;
Hilbury Monastery;
Holburgh Monastery

53°22′52″N 3°13′23″W / 53.381025°N 3.222942°W / 53.381025; -3.222942 (Hilbre Island Monastery)


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bromborough Monastery - Devon location given by J. Leland, Collectanea; W. M. Gallichan, Cheshire (1905), p.81 identifies location as Bromborough, Cheshire


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