Greenfield
Community ID
 
981
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Lincolnshire
 
Modern Location
 
Greenfield; 1 mile north/north-west of Alford, route 1104
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1153 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Greenfield was founded by Eudo of Greinesby and his son, Ralf of Aby.

 
Notable Heads
  
Population Counts
 

There were 12 in 1377, 13 in 1381, and 10 in 1536.

 
Visitations
 

In 1312 it was excused from tithes because of poverty.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Ranulf, Earl of Chester

 
Social Characteristics
 

There is evidence of the presence of men as well as nuns at Greenfield. A grant of a certain Anfrid de Haugh, dating from early in the reign of Henry II, refers to the nuns of Greenfiedl and their brothers (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 71).

 
Relative Wealth
 

In 1291 the community was excused temporarily from taxes.

 
Income
 

Income was from the churches of Aby, Dumberworth, Beesbyb, and Greenfield. In 1535 its annual income was estimated to be 63 pounds, 4 shillings, and 1 pence.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

Nothing remains of Greenfield, save a buildingless site which was photographed by air on July 31, 1976 (Cambridge Univ.: Dept. of Aerial Photo, CAU 69-71) (Medieval English Cistercian Nunneries: Their Art and Physical Remains, 171).

 
Manuscript Sources
 

British Library, Harleian Chartulary, 50, I. 30.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1153
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1419