Thicket
Community ID
 
849
 
Town
 
York
 
Diocese
 
York
 
Region
 
Yorkshire
 
Medieval Location
 
East Riding, in the parish of Wheldrake near the River Derwent
 
Modern Location
 
Thicket
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1180 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1535 (needs verification)
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Roger Fitz Robert during the reign of Richard I, the charter was then reconfirmed by King John in 1203/4.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Alice Darel, an apostate nun, was ordered by the archbishop to return to the house and be punished according to their rule, if she went willingly. If she did not willingly repent she was to be placed in a secure room by the prioress. In 1343/4 Archbishop Zouch ordered a particularly harsh set of punishments for an apostate nun named Joan de Crakenholme and again for a nun Isabella de Lyridesay in 1352.

 
Population Counts
 

There were 12 nuns including the prioress at the time of the suppression.

 
Visitations
 

There was a visitation sometime before February of 1308/9 which resulted in a set of injunctions including: the buildings were to be repaired, the nuns were to be stay within the convent and regularly attend services except in cases of illness, and that the servants and seculars were not allowed to sit or take meals in the kitchen with the nuns. In addition, the prioress, when she took meals in her chamber was to dine at a table with another nun. The nuns were also prohibited from taking on new nuns, sisters, ect. and boarders over twelve years of age without special permission from the archbishop. There was another visitation in 1314 that produced a similar set of injunctions. In 1318 Archbishop Melton made another visitation and found the house to be impoverished. He ordered the nuns to eat less rich foods and to be more economical in all respects.

 
Assets/Property
 

Clementhorpe had 4 bovates of land in Cottingwith, Thorganby, and Sutton on Derwent, York city ( 2 parva cfotagia ), Spaldington , Allerthorp.

 
Income
 

Income was derived from Norton, Sand Hutton, Wheldrake, Escrik, and Green Hammerton, York City (2 parva cfotagia), Spaldington, and Allerthorpe. In 1535 the net income of the community was valued at over 20 pounds.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

The medieval foundation was destroyed after the dissolution of the monasteries and little remains of the medieval structure. There is currently a Carmelite nunnery built over the remains. For more information see ">http://www.carmelite.org/thicket/thicket.htm"> [Thicket Priory]

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

Sometime around 1484 the nuns suffered a great deal of damage in their fields and pasturage from floods. Also, it seems there were complaints that after the dissolution some of the nuns did not receive their promised pensions.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1180
 
Date Finished
 
1535
 
Length
 
821