Kilburn
Community ID
 
1013
 
Town
 
London
 
Diocese
 
London
 
Region
 
Middlesex
 
Modern Location
 
Kilburn
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary and John the Baptist
 
Date Founded
 
1130 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Elkins dates the founding to 1140 and says it was founded for 13 nuns. S. Thompson dates the foundation to sometime before 1128 to 1134 and believes the community had an anchoretic origin. She lists Hermit Godwyn as the probable founder. The community was linked with the abbey of Westminster as well (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 223). The nucleus of the community formed around Kilburn, under the care of the abbey of Westminster, and was granted by Abbot Herbert (1121-c. 1136 at Godwyn's request to 3 maidens, Emma, Gunilda, and Christina, possibly handmaidens of Queen Matilda (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 25-6). The women were under Godwyn's tutelage and were to remain so.

 
Population Counts
 

There were 6 in 1381.

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

The community was exempt from episcopal jurisdiction (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 26).

 
Assets/Property
 

According to a history of the abbey written by John Flete in the 15th century, Abbot Herbert granted the site of the new community as well as some lands and rents. Later abbots confirmed his grants and continued to supply allowences of food to the women (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 63).

 
Income
 

In 1535 the community's net income was over 74 pounds.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

British Library Cotton MS Faust. A. iii, fos. 325-326.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The community was strictly enclosed.

 
Admin. Notes
 

BOSB--Benedictine order
V0450

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1130
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1323