Ramestede
Community ID
 
799
 
Alternate Names
 
Ramstede (according to Elkins); S. Mary Magdalene (according to Tanner)
 
Town
 
Chichester
 
Diocese
 
Chichester
 
Region
 
Sussex
 
Medieval Location
 
Near South Malling, at Ramscombe within Malling Manor
 
Modern Location
 
Ramestede
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Date Founded
 
1174-83 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1202 or earlier
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Founded by Richard, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1171-83, but soon suppressed by Archbishop Hubert.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

no biographies (?)

 
Incorporated By
 

Nuns move elsewhere in 1202 (LCU?)

 
Visitations
 

Archbishop Hubert mentions small size and laxity of behavior to explain the suppression of the community.

 
Assets/Property
 

The community had land holdings, buildings, and woods that went to the male monastery of S. Gregory in Canterbury at termination. Later went to Archbishop Edmund.

 
Early Documents
 

[1]The first document that mentions this community is the chronicle of the Gervase of Canterbury (about 1200).
[2]Archbishop Boniface confirms the charter. (1183-91)

 
Published Primary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

Very little is known of this nunnery, even the exact site and its dedication are uncertain (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 202).

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Contributors Notes
 

The community was short lived, lasting less than 20 years.

 
Date Started
 
1174
 
Date Finished
 
1202
 
Length
 
1109