Woodchester (needs verification)
Community ID
 
2805
 
Medieval Location
 
Longtree hundred
 
Date Founded
 
1019 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1066 or before
 
Foundation Information
 

According to tradition relayed by William Camden, Gytha, wife of Godwine founded a religious house to make up for the fraud and abuse her husband, Godwin, used to disolve the religious community at Berkeley. Foot notes that the Domesday book evidence does not support this tradition.

 
Secondary Sources
  
Contributors
 
Ruth Robbins
 
Contributors Notes
 

The evidence for this community is extremely thin. Foot states: "that there were ever religious women at Woodchester seems highly unlikely" (Veiled Women, vol. 2, 256). It is included because of Foot's statements in vol. 1 about the elusiveness of female religious communities in the period she discusses. That elusiveness opens the possibility that Woodchester was a community.

 
Date Started
 
1019
 
Date Finished
 
1066