Guizance
Community ID
 
914
 
Alternate Names
 
Guyzance,Gisnis, Gysnes, Guisnes, Gynes, Ghines, Gisyng, Branshallghe, S. Wilfridus de Ginis, Brainshaugh.
 
Town
 
Durham
 
Diocese
 
Durham
 
Region
 
Northumberland
 
Medieval Location
 
at Brainshaugh , near Amble , to East of male monastery Alnwick ; circa, Angliae Borealis
 
Modern Location
 
Brainshaugh
 
Corporate Status
 
Piory
 
Dedication
 
Wilfrid
 
Date Founded
 
1147 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1313 or later
 
Religious Order
 
Premonstratensian (Norbertine)
 
Foundation Information
 

Founded by Richard Tyson when he donated a church and land holding here to a male Premonstratensian monastery Alnwick Abbey. The community is linked with the abbey of Alnwick.

 
Dependency Of
 

The women at Guizance were dependent upon the canons of Alnwick.

 
Assets/Property
 

Thought to be a small, poor community between 1216-20.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Cal. Charter R. III 87 (fratres et sorores de Gisnis)
Pipe Rolls 1186-87 p. 13
Reg. Palatinum Dunelomense, R. de Kellawe (Rolls Ser.) II 939, 963

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

termination date : Prioress 1313 : date last notice

 
Admin. Notes
 

[V0413]

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Contributors Notes
 

The history of the nunnery of Guizance is very obscure; the community was little known even to contemporaries.

 
Date Started
 
1147
 
Date Finished
 
1313
 
Length
 
1107