Tamworth
Community ID
 
1064
 
Region
 
Staffordshire
 
Modern Location
 
Tamworth
 
Dedication
 
St. Edith?
 
Date Founded
 
1000 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1066 or later
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

The several versions of the foundation of this community differ in both founder and in the identity of the St. Edith. In one version Aethelflaed wife of Aethelred founded the house and Edith was the first abbess. In another, Edith, sister of King Aethelstan and wife of Sihtric, a Danish king, was the founder. In a third, the founder Edith, was the sister and the daughter of King Edgar. It is also possible that Tamworth's Edith is actually Polesworth's Edith (See Veiled Women, vol. 2, 191-193 for further discussion, especially 191, n 1).

 
Published Primary Sources
 

Anglo-Saxon Wills, no. 17 (S 1536);

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

Wulfric's will provides some evidence that at least one religious woman, and perhaps others, was connected to a community of Tamsworth. It is not clear, however, whether or not that Tamsworth community was one of women or of men. Foot suggests that Wulfric's daughter may have been in a position similar to that of a vowess attached to a religious community (Veiled Women, vol. 2, 194-196, vol. 1, 178).

 
Admin. Notes
 

BOSBQ = Benedictine/ RBQ = Benedictine Rule

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1000
 
Date Finished
 
1066
 
Length
 
206