Community ID
Medieval Location
East Riding, in the parish of Wheldrake near the River Derwent
Modern Location
Corporate Status
S. Mary
Date Founded
1180 or earlier
Date Terminated
1535 (needs verification)
Religious Order
Foundation Information

Roger Fitz Robert during the reign of Richard I, the charter was then reconfirmed by King John in 1203/4.

Notable Members/Residents/Guests

Alice Darel, an apostate nun, was ordered by the archbishop to return to the house and be punished according to their rule, if she went willingly. If she did not willingly repent she was to be placed in a secure room by the prioress. In 1343/4 Archbishop Zouch ordered a particularly harsh set of punishments for an apostate nun named Joan de Crakenholme and again for a nun Isabella de Lyridesay in 1352.

Population Counts

There were 12 nuns including the prioress at the time of the suppression.


There was a visitation sometime before February of 1308/9 which resulted in a set of injunctions including: the buildings were to be repaired, the nuns were to be stay within the convent and regularly attend services except in cases of illness, and that the servants and seculars were not allowed to sit or take meals in the kitchen with the nuns. In addition, the prioress, when she took meals in her chamber was to dine at a table with another nun. The nuns were also prohibited from taking on new nuns, sisters, ect. and boarders over twelve years of age without special permission from the archbishop. There was another visitation in 1314 that produced a similar set of injunctions. In 1318 Archbishop Melton made another visitation and found the house to be impoverished. He ordered the nuns to eat less rich foods and to be more economical in all respects.


Clementhorpe had 4 bovates of land in Cottingwith, Thorganby, and Sutton on Derwent, York city ( 2 parva cfotagia ), Spaldington , Allerthorp.


Income was derived from Norton, Sand Hutton, Wheldrake, Escrik, and Green Hammerton, York City (2 parva cfotagia), Spaldington, and Allerthorpe. In 1535 the net income of the community was valued at over 20 pounds.

State Of Medieval Structure

The medieval foundation was destroyed after the dissolution of the monasteries and little remains of the medieval structure. There is currently a Carmelite nunnery built over the remains. For more information see ">"> [Thicket Priory]

Miscellaneous Information

Sometime around 1484 the nuns suffered a great deal of damage in their fields and pasturage from floods. Also, it seems there were complaints that after the dissolution some of the nuns did not receive their promised pensions.

Admin. Notes


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