Cornworthy
Community ID
 
890
 
Town
 
Exeter
 
Diocese
 
Exeter
 
Region
 
Devonshire
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1205-1238 (most probable date is 1233)
 
Date Terminated
 
1539
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian
 
Rule
 
Augustinan
 
Foundation Information
 

When the comunity was founded there were 13 nuns in residence. The founder is unknown, although S. Thompson speculates that Eva de Braose may have been the founder (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 220).

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

According to the VCH one notable resident was Agnes de Flixthorp, previously a nun at the priory of St. Michael, Stamford. Stamford Agnes was excommunicated in 1309 for apostasy and was subsequently confined and shackled with fetters in a solitary cell at Stamford. From there she was removed to Cornworthy in 1312, where she remained in solitary confinement until 1314 when she was sent back to Stamford. Agnes claimed that, despite having spent twenty years at Stamford, she had never professed and she was in fact married to a man whose name she would not reveal. Even more curiously, upon first leaving Stamford she was reportedly found wearing "a man's gilt embroidered gown". The Victoria History of the County of Northampton2:98-101 available online at ">http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=40223&strquery=cornwo... [Victoria County History]

 
Population Counts
 

There were 9 nuns in 1377 and 7 in 1539.

 
Relative Wealth
 

The house appears to have remained poor and obscure.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income was over 63 pounds.

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Devon Feet of Fines, 158, no. 318.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1205
 
Date Finished
 
1539
 
Length
 
735