List 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.
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
Locations with names in italics indicate probable duplication (misidentification with another location)
Alphabetical listing of establishments
|Foundation||Image||Communities & Provenance||Formal Name or Dedication
& Alternative Names
|OnLine References & Location|
|Birkenhead Priory||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
|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;
successor church built on site from monastic material; demolished 1863-4;
new church built just to the south of the site
|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
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