Bristol
Community ID
 
923
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Mary Magdalene
 
Town
 
Bristol
 
Diocese
 
Worcester
 
Region
 
Gloucestershire
 
Medieval Location
 
situated on S. Michael's Hill
 
Modern Location
 
Bristol
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary Magdalene
 
Date Founded
 
1173
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

According to S. Thompson, the founder is NULL widow of Robert fitz Harding (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 45, 219). The foundation was very poor in the 13th century with probably 5-6 nuns at most. An elderly Prioress and one novice were left at termination, according to Knowles.

 
Population Counts
 

The foundation is very poor in the 13th century with probably 5-6 nuns at most. An elderly Prioress and one novice were left at termination, according to Knowles.

 
Visitations
 

In 1284, a visitation return of Bishop Giffard of Worcester described the inhabitants of the community as nuns, but does not seem to indicate that they cared for the poor or sick (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 46).

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income was over 21 pounds.

 
Charitable/Work
 

Thompson believes that this convent may have served (for at least a portion of its history) as a hospital linked with S. Augustine's (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 219). Thompson speculates that the community was concerned with the provision of hospitality or other forms of practical care, as would seem to be indicated by the dedication to Mary Magdalene (Thompson, 46). In 1284, a visitation return of Bishop Giffard of Worcester described the inhabitants of the community as nuns, but does not seem to indicate that they cared for the poor or sick (Thompson, 46).

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1173
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1643