Lyminster
Community ID
 
798
 
Alternate Names
 
Nonneminstre 1086, Nummenistre, Nunminster, S. Mary of Lyminster 1263, Nonyngton, Novynton, Noveton, Neweton, Levenestre, Leominster, Lullem, Lulla's minster, Lullyngmynster, Lolinminstre, Lemenistre
 
Town
 
Chichester
 
Diocese
 
Chichester
 
Region
 
Sussex
 
Modern Location
 
Lyminster
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1082 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1414 (circa), given to Eton College.
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Traditionally thought to be founded by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Sussex, after his wife's death in 1082. There may have been a women's religious house on this site before 1066 if it is identified with the estate in Poling hundred held by the Norman abbey of Almeneches. Foot notes that there is no certain evidence for the presence of a priory before 1201 (Veiled Women, vol. 2, 118).

 
Notable Heads
 

Mabel, NULL, NULL, Omelina, Jo del Isle, Jo del Ferrariis, King del Lisle, Georgia la Cloustiere , Gloustier

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Prioress of Nonyngton (Pipe role 15-25 Edward III; may be Taxation's Novynton, Noveton, NMAs, etcetera.

 
Population Counts
 

There were 3 in 1380.

 
Dependency Of
 

Lyminster was a dependency of Almeneches, a Benedicitine community also founded by Roger de Montgomery where his daughter served as abbess in 1082.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Founder, Pope Alexander III, Seffrid II, and Bishop of Sussex.

 
Secular Political Affiliations
 

The community was frequently seized during wars with France.

 
Assets/Property
 

The community had land holdings, manors in Sussex given by the founder, and a chapter house.

 
Income
 

According to the Domesday book, the net income of the community was 66 pounds, and 5 shillings. The convent did not owe a quota of knights. Income was derived by pensions from the Bishop of Chichester.

 
Litigations
 

The community was frequently seized during wars with France.

 
Early Documents
 

[1]Domesday (1086)
[2]Papal bull dated 1178.

 
Art & Artifacts
 

Fabric of the church of St. Mary Magdalene at Lyminister has supported the idea that there may havebeen a religious presence at Lyminister before 1082.

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

The nave and part of the church's chancel may be dateable as late Anglo-Saxon. It is not clear that these would have been used by a female community at Lyminister.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Public Records Office C143/410: Inquis. ad quod damnum 14 Richard II (22)
Lyminster Version of the Rule of St Benedict

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

After the suppression of alien monasteries, Lyminster was granted to Eton College (VCH).
Legate

Foot raises questions about the name and the location of Lyminster (Veiled Women, vol. 2, 118; see also West Preston (needs verification)).

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1082
 
Date Finished
 
1414
 
Length
 
1542