De la Pre
Community ID
 
901
 
Alternate Names
 
Northampton Abbey, Northampton Delapre, S. Mary de la Pres, S. Mary de Pratis
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Northamptonshire
 
Medieval Location
 
Originally at Fotheringhay, then moved to Northampton about 1145. After about 1145, Northampton
 
Modern Location
 
Northampton
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1145 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1539
 
Religious Order
 
Cluniac
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

According to Elkins(1988) the community was founded at Fotheringhay in 1140. S. Thompson sets the foundation between 1145 and 1153 with the probable founder as Simon de Senlis II, Earl of Northampton. In 1459-60, it founded Sewardsley a Cistercian community.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

In 1300, the bishop ordered the archdeacon of Northampton to denounce three professed nuns living at Delapre; Isabel de Clouville, Maud Rychemers, and Ermentrude de Newark for unbecoming behavior including secular living and discarding the habit. A short itme later in 1311, another nun Agnes de Landwath was also charged with apotasy and discarding the habit.

 
Population Counts
 

There were 10 nuns at the time of suppression. The abbess and 8 nuns were granted pensions.

 
Dependent Communities
 

In 1459-60, it founded Sewardsley, Sewardsley a Cistercian community.

 
Assets/Property
 

The original endowment of the nunnery came from lands in Hardingstone which had been granted to S. Andrews (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 90).

 
Income
 

In 1535 the community's net income was valued at over 119 pounds.

 
Published Primary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

It was not suppressed in 1403.

 
Admin. Notes
 

termination date : 1539 , Knowles / foundation date : at the age of Steph , Oliv

 
Contributors
 
Marilyn Oliva, Ericka Swensson
 
Date Started
 
1145
 
Date Finished
 
1539
 
Length
 
1339