Legbourne
Community ID
 
983
 
Alternate Names
 
Lekeburn
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Lincolnshire
 
Medieval Location
 
Originally Karledale, Keddington, and Hallington ; Legbourne about 1150 .
 
Modern Location
 
Legbourne; 3 miles south-east of Louth, route 157
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1150 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

The community was founded by Robert Fitz Gilbert of Tathwell and Matilda, his wife. The foundation may also have involved his brother, Berengar Falconer (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 224). There is no evidence that Legbourne was a double monastery but it probably had conversi.

 
First Members
 

Two daughters of Berengar apparently became nuns, and one charter refers to the possibility that Matilda, wife of Robert fitz Gilbert, might also have entered the community (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 179).

 
Notable Heads
 

The first recorded head is NULL

 
Population Counts
 

There were 15 nuns in 1377, 11 in 1381, and 11 in 1440. There were 9 nuns and a prioress in 1536.

 
Secular Political Affiliations
 

The community was part of knight's fee.

 
Assets/Property
 

Assets included mills, crofts, etcetera inside Tathwell, Legbouren, and Hallington. The comunity was valued at less than 200 annually. In 1291 it was thought to be worth only about 20 pounds.

 
Income
 

Income derived from the churches of Farlesthorpe, Saltfleetby, and Raithby. Its annual income in 1535 was valued at 38 pounds, 8 shillings, and 4 1/4 pence.

 
Litigations
 

It was part of knight's fee.

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

The site was subject to aerial photographs on July 22, 1953 and January 21, 1967 (Cambridge Univ.: Dept. of Aerial Photo, MN 7-9 and AQR 47-50).

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

Legbourne has no physical remains.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Oxford Bodleian Dodsworth MS lxxv, fos. 26-27.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

According to Knowles, the nuns perhaps wandered.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1150
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1668