List of monastic houses in the West Midlands (county)
The following is a list of monastic houses in the West Midlands, 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|
|Balsall Preceptory||Knights Templar
founded 1146 (c.1142) (during the reign of King Stephen) by Roger Mowbray;
preceptory before 1226;
Knights Hospitaller 1322;
dissolved 1470, jointly with Grafton; granted to Sir Robert Dudley 1565/6;
became part of the holdings of the prior of the order in England 1476;
in use as chapel for the local almshouse 1677;
church became parochial church 1863;
now under trusteeship of The Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, with public access by arrangement
|church: The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Balsall and Grafton Preceptory;
|Coventry Greyfriars||Franciscan Friars Minor, Conventual (under the Custody of Worcester)
founded before 1234 by Ralph, Earl of Chester;
dissolved 5 October 1538; granted to the Mayor and bailiffs of Coventry 1542/3
|Coventry — St Anne's Priory||Carthusian monks — from London Charterhouse, Middlesex and Beauvale
founded 1381 by William, Lord Zouch, of Harrington;
dissolved 16 January 1539; granted to Richard Andrews and Leonard Chamberlain 1542/3
|The Priory Church of Saint Anne, Coventry||
|Coventry — St Mary's Priory||purported Saxon nunnery destroyed by in raids by the Danes 1016;
founded 1043(?) by Leofric, Earl of Mercia and his wife Lady Godiva: papal confirmation 1043;
abbatial-episcopal diocesan cathedral priory
founded 1102: see transferred from Chester;
dissolved 15 January 1539: see transferred to Lichfield
|The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Saint Peter and Saint Osburg, Coventry||
|Coventry Whitefriars||Carmelite Friars
friary proposed 1287, forbidden;
founded 1342, built by Sir John Poultney, citizen of London and five times Lord Mayor;
dissolved 1 October 1538; granted to Ralph Sadler 1544/5
|Dudley Priory||Cluniac monks
alien house: dependent on Wenlock Priory, Shropshire;
founded 1149-60 by Gervase Pagnell (Painell), carrying out the intentions of his father Ralph, lord of the manor;
became denizen: independent from 1395;
dissolved 1539; granted to Sir John Dudley 1540/1;site now located in public Priory Park
|The Priory Church of Saint James, Dudley|
|Halesowen Abbey||Premonstratensian Canons — from Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
founded 1218 by Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester, (charter 1215), manor granted by King John 1214, canons arrived 1218;
dissolved 9 June 1538;
remains of abbey church and cloister in use as barn on Manor Abbey Farm; (EH)
|The Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint John the Evangelist, Halesowen||
|Henwood Priory||Benedictine nuns
founded 1154-9 (during the reign of Henry II, under Walter Durdent, Bishop of Chester (Coventry)) by Ketelberne (Katelbern) de Langdon;
dissolved 1536; granted to John Higford 1539/40
|The Priory Church of Saint Margaret, Henwood
|Sandwell Priory||hermitage before 1180;
founded c.1190[note 1] (c.1180[note 2]) by William, son of Guy de Offney;
dissolved 1524 (7 June 1525[note 3])
|The Priory Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Sandwell||
|Westwood Priory||Fontefralt Benedictine nuns and brothers — double house
alien house: cell dependent on Fontévrault;
founded after 1154 (early in the reign of Henry II), land and other endowments granted by Osbert FitzHugh and his mother Eustacia de Say;
appears to have become a regular Benedictine community after c.1374;
became denizen: independent from before 1412(?);
dissolved 1553; granted to John Pakinton 1538/9
|The Priory Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Westwood||
|Carmelite Monastery, Wolverhampton *||Carmelite nuns
|Wolverhampton Monastery (?)||Saxon monks
founded 659? traditionally by Wulfhere, King of Mercia;
possibly refounded 994 by Lady Wulfran, land granted to Wulfgeat, kinsman of Lady Wulfran, by King Edgar, confirmed by Sigeric, Archbishop of Canterbury;
founded c.994 possibly on the site of earlier monastery;
restored 1852-65 by Ewen Christian
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- Sandwell — founded 1190: W. Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum;
- Sandwell — founded 1180: Victoria County History: A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 3, p.216
- Sandwell — dissolution 7 June 1525: T. Tanner, Notitia Monastica, Preface, p.xxxv
- Historic England. "ST MARYS CHURCH (333772)". PastScape. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
- Houses of Knights Hospitaller — Preceptory of Balsall and Grafton — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2 (pp.100-101)
- Historic England. "COVENTRY GREYFRIARS (869509)". PastScape. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Friaries — Franciscan friars of Coventry — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2 (pp.103-104)
- Historic England. "CARTHUSIAN PRIORY OF ST ANNE (335697)". PastScape. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- British History Online — Houses of Carthusian monks: Priory of St Anne, Coventry — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2 (pp.83-86)
- Historic England. "ST MARYS PRIORY (869474)". PastScape. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- British History Online — Houses of Benedictine monks: Priory of Coventry — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2 (pp.52-59)
- St. Mary's, Coventry's First Cathedral: St. Mary's Priory & Cathedral: Introduction
- Historic England. "COVENTRY WHITEFRIARS (869530)". PastScape. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Friaries — Carmelite friars of Coventry — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2 (pp.104-105)
- Historic England. "HALESOWEN ABBEY (118637)". PastScape. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Historic England. "HALESOWEN ABBEY CHURCH (1525010)". PastScape. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- Historic England. "HENWOOD PRIORY (331333)". PastScape. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
- British History Online — Houses of Benedictine nuns — Priory of Henwood — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 2 (pp.65-66)
- Historic England. "SANDWELL PRIORY (329618)". PastScape. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
- British History Online — Houses of Benedictine monks — The priory of Sandwell — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 3 (pp. 216-219)
- Historic England. "WESTWOOD PRIORY (1303739)". PastScape. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
- British History Online — Houses of Benedictine nuns — Priory of Westwood — Victoria County History: A History of the County of Worcester: Volume 2 (pp.148-151)
- Wolverhampton — Carmelite Nuns
- Historic England. "ST PETERS CHURCH (118837)". PastScape. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Historic England. "Monument No. 118820". PastScape. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
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