Horton
Community ID
 
891
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Wolfrida
 
Region
 
Dorsetshire
 
Medieval Location
 
4 miles from Wimborne
 
Modern Location
 
Horton
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Dedication
 
Wolfrida
 
Date Founded
 
1000 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1050 (circa)
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

The VCH lists Horton as a cell of Sherborne. At the foundation (in the 10th century) there were nuns; monks came later. Knowles lists only the male monastery.

 
Notable Heads
  
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
  
Dependency Of
 

Sherborne

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

Knowles lists male Benedictine monastery. No confirmation that the monks of Horton were Cluniac. The clearest indications that Horton had women may be found in the Liber Vitae of Hide Abbey and the life of St. Wulfhilda. As abbess of Barking, Wulfhilda apparently had five houses under her: Shaftesbury, Wareham (female) , Wilton, Southhampton (probably Southhampton), and Horton. She was exiled to Horton for twenty years of her life, returning to Barking for her last seven years. It is not know what happened to Horton after Wulfhilda's tennure there. A male house was founded there in 1033. The women's house may have dissolved either as a result of Danish incursions or as a result of poverty (See Veiled Women, vol. 2, 101-102).

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project. Ericka Swensson
 
Date Started
 
1000
 
Date Finished
 
1050
 
Length
 
314