Ickleton
Community ID
 
833
 
Alternate Names
 
S. Mary Magdalene, Ickelington
 
Town
 
Ely
 
Diocese
 
Ely
 
Region
 
Cambridge
 
Modern Location
 
Ickleton
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary Magdalene
 
Date Founded
 
1163 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Elkins places the foundation date before 1160. The first reference is in 1174-81 which refers back to a law suit in 1163. According to Oliva, the foundation date was 1140. Powell dates the foundation around the 9th century, and Dugdale dates the foundation to 1140/41. Thompson says before 1158 and lists a member of the de Vere family or of the de Valoignes family as the probable founder (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 223).

 
Notable Heads
 

NULL, occurs c. 1215/ Ellen, occurs 1232/ Lettice, occurs 1256-7/Margaret de St. Andrew, occurs 1272/ Cecily, occurs 1288-9/ Mary, died before 8 Aug. 1338/Avice Kersonyng, or Kersen, occurs 1373, 1379, 1402/Margaret Hokle, died 6 Aug. 1444/Alice Pyrry, elected 17 Aug. 1444, died 7 Feb. 1458/Constance Bosom, elected 8 Mar. 1458, died 8 July 1490/Denise Thyrston, elected 20 July 1490/Joan Ashwell, occurs 1516, surrendered 1536

 
Population Counts
 

There were 9 nuns in 1379, 12 in 1444, 9 in 1490. At the time of suppression there were 10-11 nuns besides the prioress.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the net income was valued over 71 pounds.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The records of the prioress were said to have been destroyed in the rebellion of 1381 (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 12).

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
Marilyn Oliva. Ericka Swensson
 
Date Started
 
1163
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
1082