Holystone
Community ID
 
906
 
Alternate Names
 
Halystan, Halystone, Haliston, Hallistones, Holliscomb
 
Town
 
Durham
 
Diocese
 
Durham
 
Region
 
Northamptonshire [Northumberland]
 
Corporate Status
 
province
 
Dedication
 
19th c. dedication to S. Mary, see Power
 
Date Founded
 
1124-1152, possibly earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1539
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian (needs verification)
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

According to Dugdale it was endowed by King Alexander I of Scotland in 1255 as a Benedicitine community. Power however sets foundation date before 1235. According to S. Thompson, the community was probably founded by a member of the Umfraville family (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 223).

 
Population Counts
 

In 1291 there were 27 nuns, 4 brothers and 3 chaplains, with a master. There were only 5 in 1379. In 1432, 7 nuns were recorded. After the surrender the prioress and 6 nuns were granted pensions. Four nuns were still on the pension list in 1553.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income was valued at over 11 pounds.

 
Early Documents
 

SC 8/184/9190, in this petition the prioress and convent of Holystone request the restoration of an annuity of eight marks originally granted to them by King Alexander from the town of Berwick.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

Currently, the the remains of Holystone are part of Northumberland National Park and are considered a site of considerable interest for further investigation. A detailed description of the site, along with a PDF file of historical surveys of Holystone, and a substantial bibliography of the area are available at their website ">http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/understanding/historyarchae... Northumberland National Park

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The priory was reduced to poverty through Scottish raids in 1312 and 1320.

 
Admin. Notes
 

[V0434]
name field: OSBQ--Order S. Benedict??
NX AB , 1437 ??
\ foundation date : 1124 (before) , 1235 (before) , (needs verification)

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project, Ericka Swensson
 
Date Started
 
1124
 
Date Finished
 
1539
 
Length
 
1244