Handale
Community ID
 
857
 
Alternate Names
 
Grendale
 
Town
 
York
 
Diocese
 
York
 
Region
 
Yorkshire
 
Modern Location
 
1 mile north-east of Loftus, route 174
 
Date Founded
 
1133
 
Date Terminated
 
1539
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Handale was originally founded as a Benedictine priory in 1133 by William, son of Richard de Percy of Dunsley.

 
Notable Heads
  
Population Counts
 

There were 10 at suppression.

 
Income
 

Its net income was valued at 13 pounds, 19 shillings, and no pence in 1535.

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

There is a physical description of the convent by the Suppresion Commission (London: P.R.O., SP 5/2/1-14) for 1539. There are no remains today, but in 1808 the west end of the chapel was still standing (The Victoria History of the County of York, Volume 2:385).

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

There are no remains today, but in 1808 the west end of the chapel was still standing (The Victoria History of the County of York, Volume 2:385).

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Suppression Commission Report: London: P.R.O., SP 5/2/1-14.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Contributors Notes
 

Handale is classified as Cistercian by Hadcock and Knowles; however, according to Thompson, the first mention of its existence occurs in the cartulary of Whitby Abbey with the date of 1133, an unlikely time for a Cistercian foundation. Other evidence also suggests that in the 12th and 13th centuries that Handale was linked with the Benedictine abbey of Whitby. According to Thompson, for the community's foundation and for the 12th and first half of the 13th centuries, Handale should be classified as Benedictine (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 103).

 
Date Started
 
1133
 
Date Finished
 
1539
 
Length
 
1580