Elstow
Community ID
 
792
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Mary and S. Helen
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Bedfordshire
 
Modern Location
 
Elstow
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary and S. Helen, and The Holy Trinity
 
Date Founded
 
1075-78 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1539
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Elkins (1988) dates the community's foundation at 1078. According to S. Thompson, Judith, niece of the Conqueror and widow Waltheof, the Earl of Huntingdon, is the probable founder of the community (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 221). Thompson speculates that she may have founded the nunnery as an act of reparation for the betrayal of her husband, who was executed in 1076 Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 167).

 
Notable Heads
  
Population Counts
 

There were 19 nuns in 1442. After the suppression the abbess ad 23 nuns were granted pensions.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

A confirmation charter of Henry I shows that at least 3 of the benefactors made grants to Elstow when their daughters became nuns there Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 187).

 
Relative Wealth
 

It was a wealthy house.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the community's net income was valued over 284 pounds.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1075
 
Date Finished
 
1539
 
Length
 
864