Rowney
Community ID
 
946
 
Alternate Names
 
Great Munden, Rowheiny
 
Town
 
Lincoln
 
Diocese
 
Lincoln
 
Region
 
Hertfordshire
 
Modern Location
 
Rowney
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
John the Baptist
 
Date Founded
 
1164 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1457
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

S. Thompson postulates that the founder may have been Conan, Duke of Brittany and Earl of Richmond (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 228). She also thinks the community may have had an earlier anchoretic origin.

 
Notable Heads
 

in March 1302, Luke, the rector of Throcking, became master of the nunnery. Richard Punchard of Willian became chaplain in 1318. while in In February of 1327-8, Ralph, rector of Great Munden took over the house. In 1302, John Prior of Wymondley became the confessor of the nuns.

 
Relative Wealth
 

Rowney was always small and poor.

 
Assets/Property
 

According to the patent roll of 1459, Conan granted land to the yearly value of 10 marks to the foundation, a small sum.

 
Income
 

The rental in 1336-7 was just over 7 pounds. In 1457 the community was too poor to carry on and was dissolved Medieval Religious Houses in England and Wales, 217).

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

In 1350 one of the nuns received permission from the pope to choose a confessor who could give her a absolute remission of her sins during her last rites.

 
Admin. Notes
 

BOSB= Benedictine
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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1164
 
Date Finished
 
1457
 
Length
 
857