Flamstead
Community ID
 
945
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Giles in the Wood, Woodchurch
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Hertfordshire
 
Modern Location
 
Flamstead
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Giles
 
Date Founded
 
1135-54 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1537
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Elkins places the foundation date at 1150 and for the usual 13 nuns. Thompson states that Roger de Tosny III was the probable founder of the priory. She also speculates that the community may have an anchoretic origin (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 221).

 
Notable Heads
 

The first recorded head is NULL

 
Population Counts
 

A charter of Roger de Tosny states that, at the nunnery of Flamstead, nuns in excess of the agreed number of 13 should only be admitted with his or his heirs' consent (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 186). There were 7 nuns besides the prioress in 1530 and in 1537.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income was over 30 pounds.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Hertfordshire Record Office, MS 17,465, fo. 3.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The foundation date is listed as "in the age of Stephen." Flamstead was dissolved in 1537, only the prioress Agnes Croke, seems to have been given a pension of £6 per annum.

 
Admin. Notes
 

BOSB--Benedictine Order
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Contributors
 
WRL Project, Ericka Swensson
 
Date Started
 
1135
 
Date Finished
 
1537
 
Length
 
1024