Canonsleigh
Community ID
 
888
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Mary
 
Town
 
Exeter
 
Diocese
 
Exeter
 
Region
 
Devonshire
 
Modern Location
 
Devon
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary, John the Evangelist, and Etheldreda ( Audrey )
 
Date Founded
 
1282
 
Date Terminated
 
1538
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

The community is on the site of an antique, Augustine male monastery. According to Thompson, the probable founder of the female abbey was Matilda, Countess of Gloucester (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 220).

 
Population Counts
 

There were 18 nuns at the time of suppression, 9 were still on the pension list in 1553.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income was valued over 197 pounds.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

In the fourteenth century the nuns were prohibited from attending public performances (Theatre-going nuns in rural Devon?).

 
Admin. Notes
 

MAD 6/11/97
[V0231]

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1282
 
Date Finished
 
1538
 
Length
 
956