Alkmonton
Community ID
 
885
 
Alternate Names
 
Bentley
 
Region
 
Derbyshire
 
Modern Location
 
Alkmonton
 
Corporate Status
 
Hospital
 
Dedication
 
Saint Leonard
 
Date Founded
 
1100 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1474?
 
Foundation Information
 

Alkmonton was originally founded as a hospital for female lepers in the 1100's by Robert de Bakepuze, of Barton Blount (then called Barton Bakepuze). The hospital was refounded in 1406 by Dame Sancha de Ayala, widow of Sir William Blount, who purchased the Derbyshire estates after the death of the last male heir of the Bakepuze family. Dame Sancha de Ayala further endowed the hospital with a chaplain who was to pray for the souls of herself and her family. The hospital was apparently refounded yet again in 1474 by Walter Blount, Lord Mountjoy, great-grandson of Sir Walter Blount, but it is unclear whether women continued to be either patients or attendants there.

 
Dependency Of
 

It was a dependency of the male monastery, Newminster Abbey, for a time.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Ashm. MS. vol. 846, fol. 19; Cler. Subs. 1/7 5/3; Chant. Cert. 13, No. 14; Partics. for Sale, P.R.O. vol. 1, fol. 89.

 
Secondary Sources
 

2:80-81 available online at ">http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=40131&strquery=alkmon... [Victoria County History] 6:758

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

In 1474, the will of Sir Walter Blount, Lord Mountjoy, great-grandson of Sir Walter Blount, directed that the hospital and its land be given to the nearby hospital of St. Leonard. From this point on the hospital was to take on seven male pensioners. St. Leonard's was eventually dissolved during the reign of Edward I.

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project, Ericka Swenson
 
Date Started
 
1100
 
Date Finished
 
1474
 
Length
 
209