Lyminge
Community ID
 
960
 
Region
 
Kent
 
Modern Location
 
Lyminge
 
Corporate Status
 
Abbey
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary and S. Mildred
 
Date Founded
 
633 (circa)
 
Date Terminated
 
964 or later.
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

Lyminge was founded for Aethelburh, daughter of King Aethelberht of Kent upon the death of her husband . The land for the minster was given by her brother, King Eadbald. The house continued to function at least into the 9th century and possibly into the 10th.

 
First Members
 

Aelthelburh, daughter of King Aethelberht and sister of King Eadbald

 
Dependency Of
 

In 804, Lyminge and Minster in Thanet had the same abbess, Selenthryth. Lyminge may have been recolonized by nuns from Minister-in-Thanet in the late 8th century.

According to the Chronicis Gerrasii Dorobernensis, Eadbright the king gave Lyminge to Christ Church in 741. In 804, the kings Cenulpus and Cuthredus gave Lyminge, which had the body of the blessed Eadburga, six measure of land. In 964 Aethelstan gave land, with the consent of the archbishop, to St. Mary's of Lyminge (Dugdale's Monasticon Volume 1, 95, 96).

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Abbess Selethryth received land in Canterbury from Coenwulf of Mercia and Cuthred of Kent to use as a refuge.

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Carta Wihtredi Regis Cantiae -- Ms. Cotton. Augustus II num. 88, ex autogr.
Donato cujusdam Marisci per Ducem Oswulfum -- Ms. Cotton. Augustus II num. 97
Carta Coenulphi et Cuthredi Regum -- Somner, Antiq. Cant. fol. Lond. 1703, part i, App. num. LXIV

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The earliest community may have been a double one. Charter evidence suggests that during the mid and later eighth century only men resided at the house. Women were again at Lyminge by the early 9th century.
The women of Lyminge may have sought refuge in Canterbury with Minster in Thanet during the early 9th century (Veiled Women, vol. 1, 74 n. 50). The lands and possessions of the monastery went to Christ Church (Dugdale's Monasticon Volume 1, 452).

 
Admin. Notes
 

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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
633
 
Date Finished
 
964
 
Length
 
73