Nunmonkton
Community ID
 
847
 
Alternate Names
 
Spelled also as two words, Nun Monkton
 
Town
 
York
 
Diocese
 
York
 
Region
 
Yorkshire
 
Medieval Location
 
West Riding
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1134-1153 or the age of Stephen
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

William and Ivestta de Arches founded Nunmonckton for their daughter Maud, who became its first abbess. (William and Juette or Ivette of Arches.)

 
Population Counts
 

The community was probably for the usual 12 nuns under a prioress. It probably contain the statutory number, but no exact figures have been found (Medieval Religious Houses in England and Wales, 216).

 
Visitations
 

There were numerous visitations, including one in 1397 which resulted in allegations being made against the prioress, Margaret Fayrfax, who was accused of wearing silks and furs, alienating a great deal of lumber, and spending too much time along with male companions. She was also accused of entertaining John Monkton in her room and overindulging in drink with him.

 
Assets/Property
 

The community's assets were mainly in land holdings. They had 6 carucates of land in Monkton and half a carucate in Kirk Hammerton.

 
Income
 

They received income from the Church of Thorp Arch. Kirk Hamerton, Askham Richard. In 1535 the community's net income was valued at over 72 pounds.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The Arches family was responsible for the foundation of Nun Monkton priory as well as Nunkeeling and Nun Appleton.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
Marilyn Oliva
 
Date Started
 
1134
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1256