Whistones
Community ID
 
839
 
Alternate Names
 
Whiston, Whistone at termination, White Sisters
 
Town
 
Worcester
 
Diocese
 
Worcester
 
Region
 
Worcestershire
 
Medieval Location
 
The Priory was located outside Worcester near White Ladies of Aston.
 
Modern Location
 
Whistones; 1 mile north of Worcester, route 38
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary Magdalene
 
Date Founded
 
1237-1240.
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Cistercian
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

According to Nichols, Whistones was founded between 1237 and 1240 by Walter de Cantilupe, bishop of Worcester. Thompson states that there is no direct evidence linking Walter de Cantilupe as the founder. Thompson further speculates that the dedication of the church to S. Mary and confirmation in 1254 may refer to the resettlement of an earlier group on a new site or to the provision of new buildings and a new church for an already existing community (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 199-200).

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

A. Myntyng, later Prioress of Pinley , Warwickshire in 1426.

 
Population Counts
 

There were 8 nuns in 1349, 9 in 1381, and 7-8 at the time of suppression.

 
Visitations
 

Although there were visitations there seems to have been no special injunctions issued against the nuns of the house.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Joan Talbot; William de Beauchamp; Hugh de Hanford; Bishop Giffard;

 
Income
 

In 1535 the convent's net annual income was valued at 53 pounds, 3 shillings, and 7 pence.

 
Architecture & Archaeology
 

No physical remains exist at the site and no documents are extent which tell of the convent's architectural features.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

No physical remains exist at the site of Whistones.

 
Published Primary Sources
  
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Contributors Notes
 

According to S. Thompson, Whistones may have imitated customs of the Cistercians and regarded themselves as belonging to the order, but this was probably not supported by any organizational framework (Thompson, 109).

 
Date Started
 
1237
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1732