Stratford at Bow
Community ID
 
1015
 
Alternate Names
 
Stratford by Bow, Bromley S. Leonard's, S. Leonard, and/or Bromley, Brambele, Brambelegh, Brembeley.
 
Town
 
London
 
Diocese
 
London
 
Region
 
Middlesex
 
Medieval Location
 
Stratford, near the banks of the Lea
 
Modern Location
 
Stratford little at little Bow, 200 yards south of Bow Bridge
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
Leonard
 
Date Founded
 
1066-1120 (sources disagree as to exact date of foundation)
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

The founder is sometimes attributed as being William, Bishop of London, (c.1051-1075) although this version of the foundation story was only adopted by the nuns in the 16th century. It is is possible that the founder could have been Maurice, Bishop of London (c. 1086-1107), or Richard de Belmeis I (c.1108-1127). Leland states that the actual founder might have been William Roscelin who granted the nuns an estate in Bromley.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

For a brief time Mary, daughter of King Stephen and Matilda of Boulogne, was placed in the nunnery of Stratford, according to S. Thompson. Discord arose between the princess and her associates and the nuns of Stratford, resulting in the foundation of Lillechurch in Kent.

 
Population Counts
 

In 1535 there were a prioress and 9 nuns.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income of the community was vauled over 108 pounds.

 
Litigations
 

The nuns at Stratford renounced all claims to grants given when Mary, daughter of King Stephen, joined their community (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 131).

 
Early Documents
 

The first known document relating to the priory is a mortuary roll. (1122) [Rouleaux des Morts du IXe au XVe siècle, 341, no. 201]

 
Published Primary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

Foundation date : 1066, according to Oliva ; 1080, according to Dugdale; before 1135, according to Power.

 
Admin. Notes
 

[V0820]
province equal to Oxford , and DI equal to Lincoln professed nun ( Oliva ): did it move FINB , (needs verification) Should we dump this or cn - it appears to be placing the cn in a completely different city and diocese?
Order--BOSB--Benedicti

 
Contributors
 
Marilyn Oliva
 
Date Started
 
1066
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1090