Clerkenwell
Community ID
 
1012
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Mary de Fonte or S. Mary's; London Clerkenwell
 
Town
 
London
 
Diocese
 
London
 
Region
 
Middlesex
 
Modern Location
 
London
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary Assumption
 
Date Founded
 
1141-1144 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
1539
 
Religious Order
 
Probably the order of S. Augustine- see discrepancy with foundation field.
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

Elkins places the foundation as before 1144 and the first order as either Benedicitine or Augustinian. Power indicates the first order was Benedictine. According to S. Thompson, the probable founders of this community were Jordan de Bricett and Muriel, his wife (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest 225).

 
Population Counts
 

The priory is said to have been for 26 nuns. There were 17 in 1379, and 12 at the time of suppression. The prioress and 9 nuns were still on the pension list in 1553.

 
Assets/Property
 

The original endowment granted 10 acres and the site for a mill. Subsequesnt grants by the founding family and others meant that the nunnery came to hold land in 11 different counties (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 190).

 
Income
 

In 1535 the community's net income was valued at over 262 pounds.

 
Published Primary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

The foundation of the nunnery was a family affair, with several of the founder's children making grants to the new community (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 190). The daughter of Jordan and Muriel became a nun here.

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Contributors Notes
 

First order: see Elkin, Foundation.

 
Date Started
 
1141
 
Date Finished
 
1539
 
Length
 
1246