Davington
Community ID
 
958
 
Alternate Names
 
Dawington, Daunton
 
Town
 
Canterbury
 
Diocese
 
Canterbury
 
Region
 
Kent
 
Modern Location
 
Davington
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary Magdalene
 
Date Founded
 
1153
 
Date Terminated
 
1535
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Thompson lists Fulk de Newenham as the probable founder of this priory (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 220).

 
Population Counts
 

The priory was originally for 26 nuns, reduced to 14 in the time of Edward III. In 1511 there were 3 professed nuns, 2 not professed. In 1535 there was only 1 nun and when she left the priory became extinct.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income was over 41 pounds.

 
Early Documents
 

A surviving obituary calendar of the nunnery records the deaths of anchoresses as well as nuns (British Library Cotton MS Faust. B. vi(i), fos. 102-107).

 
Manuscript Sources
 

[1]Lambeth Palace Library, Register of Archbishop Warham, fo. 154. [2]British Library Cotton MS Faust. B. vi(i), fos. 102-107

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The community eventually had no support and ` succumbed to poverty .`

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1153
 
Date Finished
 
1535
 
Length
 
1057