Community ID
Modern Location
Corporate Status
S. Mary and S. Mildred
Date Founded
633 (circa)
Date Terminated
964 or later.
Religious Order
Foundation Information

Lyminge was founded for Aethelburh, daughter of King Aethelberht of Kent upon the death of her husband . The land for the minster was given by her brother, King Eadbald. The house continued to function at least into the 9th century and possibly into the 10th.

First Members

Aelthelburh, daughter of King Aethelberht and sister of King Eadbald

Dependency Of

In 804, Lyminge and Minster in Thanet had the same abbess, Selenthryth. Lyminge may have been recolonized by nuns from Minister-in-Thanet in the late 8th century.

According to the Chronicis Gerrasii Dorobernensis, Eadbright the king gave Lyminge to Christ Church in 741. In 804, the kings Cenulpus and Cuthredus gave Lyminge, which had the body of the blessed Eadburga, six measure of land. In 964 Aethelstan gave land, with the consent of the archbishop, to St. Mary's of Lyminge (Dugdale's Monasticon Volume 1, 95, 96).


Abbess Selethryth received land in Canterbury from Coenwulf of Mercia and Cuthred of Kent to use as a refuge.

Manuscript Sources

Carta Wihtredi Regis Cantiae -- Ms. Cotton. Augustus II num. 88, ex autogr.
Donato cujusdam Marisci per Ducem Oswulfum -- Ms. Cotton. Augustus II num. 97
Carta Coenulphi et Cuthredi Regum -- Somner, Antiq. Cant. fol. Lond. 1703, part i, App. num. LXIV

Miscellaneous Information

The earliest community may have been a double one. Charter evidence suggests that during the mid and later eighth century only men resided at the house. Women were again at Lyminge by the early 9th century.
The women of Lyminge may have sought refuge in Canterbury with Minster in Thanet during the early 9th century (Veiled Women, vol. 1, 74 n. 50). The lands and possessions of the monastery went to Christ Church (Dugdale's Monasticon Volume 1, 452).

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