Watton Double Monastery
Community ID
 
868
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Mary of Watton
 
Town
 
York
 
Diocese
 
York
 
Region
 
Yorkshire
 
Medieval Location
 
East York
 
Modern Location
 
Watton
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1150 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1539
 
Religious Order
 
Gilbertine
 
Foundation Information
 

Eustace Fitz John and his wife Agnes, daughter of William Constable Chester. Lord William Fossard is also sometimes identified as the founder.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

Agnes of Vescy attempted to visit too often with nun of Watton.

 
Population Counts
 

The community's numbers were limited to 140 nuns and 70 brothers. There were 53 nuns in 1326 and 14 nuns, 7 canons, and a prior in 1539.

 
Priveleges & Papal Exemptions
 

Watton received royal protection against Agnes de Vescy's visits and immunity from royal purveyers.

 
Dependency Of
  
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Alexander of Santon, Richard of Santon, Robert Constable of Flamborough, and Henry II.

 
Assets/Property
 

It had assets in the township of Watton and land at Howald, Santon, Hilderthorpe, and Langtonet. The total assets of Watton in 1535 were 453 pounds gross; the actual value was 360 pounds.

 
Income
 

It dervived income from the Church of Santon. In 1535 the community's net income was valued to over 360 pounds.

 
Litigations
 

Watton received royal protection against Agnes de Vescy's visits and immunity from royal purveyers . Agnes de Vecy visited a Watton nun too frequently.

 
Early Documents
 

[1]Records the service of 2 knights' donation. (1154-5)
[2]Records a donation. (c.1160)

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

There was a scandal here involving sexual relations between a nun and lay-brother of the community which resulted in his castration, her pregnancy, and the miraculous disappearance of her pregnancy due to the intervention of S. Mary. [SeeAelred of Rievaulx and the Nun of Watton: An episode in the Early History of the Gilbertine Order]

 
Admin. Notes
 

Political affiliations--???exempt aids??? - what?
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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1150
 
Date Finished
 
1539
 
Length
 
1788