Ankerwyke
Community ID
 
822
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Mary Magdalene
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Buckinghamshire
 
Modern Location
 
Ankerwyke
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary Magdalene
 
Date Founded
 
About 1160 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Foundation date 1107 according to Oliva. S. Thompson places the foundation prior to 1163 and lists Gilbert de Muntfichet as a probable founder. She speculates that the name may indicate an anchoretic origin (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 218).

 
Notable Heads
 

The office of prioress was often vacant, for unknown reasons. NULL is the earliest recorded prioress. After a few unknown prioresses, NULL was elected by the convent in 1237 or 1238. Her election was quashed by the bishop. Then in 1238 or 1239, the previous prioress (name unknown) died and the bishop appointed Celestria to replace her. NULL was elected in 1243 or 1244. NULL was prioress in 1250/1251. The next known prioress is NULL, who was prioress until 1305. NULL was elected, her election was quashed and then she was appointed by the bishop in 1305. She was followed by NULL from 1316-1327. NULL was prioress from 1328 to 1349. NULL is the next known prioress, although her dates are uncertain. NULL is mentioned as prioress in 1375.

 
Population Counts
 

In 1441 the convent held 7 nuns and a prioress. At about the time of suppression there were 5 nuns (Medieval Religious Houses in England and Wales, 209).

 
Income
 

The net income in 1535 was over 32 pounds.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
Marilyn Oliva
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
850