Rothwell
Community ID
 
902
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Northamptonshire
 
Medieval Location
 
near to the town of Desborough
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
John the Baptist
 
Date Founded
 
1200-1249
 
Date Terminated
 
1537-8 or earlier
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

Founded for 14 nuns, poorly endowed. The founder is unknown, but S. Thompson speculates that it may have been a member of the Clare family (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 228).

 
Notable Heads
 

Agnes, died 1305; Alice of Cravenho, elected 1305, resigned 1313; Amicia of Navesby, elected 1313; Catherine of Isham, elected 1349; Catherine Grene, died 1381; Millicent of Kybworth, elected 1381; Alice Brimington, died 1395; Alice Langton, elected 1395; Margaret, appears 1476, died 1479; Joan Chase, elected 1479; Mary Laffenham, elected 1498; Margaret Loftus, appears 1534 and 1535.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

In 1414, Bishop Repingdon ordered the prioress to re-admit Joan, an apostate canoness, who, by her own account, had lived for three years with William Suffewyk. The prioress declined Joan's re-admittance but relented under the Bishop's orders. Joan was ordered to do penance where she would be bound with iron chains for three years. In addition, on Wednesdays she would be given bread and cheese and pulse, on Fridays bread and cheese only.

 
Population Counts
 

There were 8 nuns in 1395. There were apparently only 3-4 nuns at the time of suppression (Medieval Religious Houses in England and Wales, 229).

 
Income
 

In 1535 the community's net income was valued at over 5 pounds.

 
Published Primary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

The priory and its lands were given to Henry Lee in 1545.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1200
 
Date Finished
 
1537
 
Length
 
765