Folkestone
Community ID
 
1563
 
Alternate Names
 
Folkstone
 
Corporate Status
 
Minster
 
Date Founded
 
640 or earlier; refounded: 1095 as priory of Benedictine monks. May have been a male community by mid-9th century.
 
Date Terminated
 
871 or after
 
Foundation Information
 

According to versions of Mildrith legend, was founded by King Eadbald of Kent (d. 640) for his daugther Eanswith. Nunnery certainly existed in 694.

 
Dependency Of
 

It was a dependency of Christ Church, Canterbury by 1078/9 or earlier.
In the Chronicis Gerrasii Dorobernensis, in 927, Athelstan, son of Edward gave Folkestone the land above the sea where there was a monastery and abbey of Holy virgins and where Saint Eanswith was buried. The entry indicates that the monastery and abbey of Holy virgins had been destroyed. In 1038, Knut once again gives Folkestone to Christ Church (Dugdale's Monasticon Volume 1, 96, 97).

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

The Kentish reeve Abba made provisions for his wife to retire at Folkestone. A dispute over Ealdorman Oswulf's inheritance suggests that he was a benefactor (Select English historical documents of the ninth and tenth centuries, No. 2 (S 1482)).

 
Manuscript Sources
 

London, British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius A. ii, fos 13v-14r (11th century forged charter of 927)

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

According to Foot, though the female community may have disappeared because it fell into royal hands, it is as likely that it disappeared as a result of a Danish attack (See Veiled Women, vol 2, 90-91 for a discussion of the fate of the women's community)

 
Contributors
 
Bruce L. Venarde
 
Date Started
 
640
 
Date Finished
 
871
 
Length
 
329