Winchcombe
Community ID
 
2772
 
Diocese
 
Worcester
 
Corporate Status
 
Double Monastery after 811 until it becomes a male community sometime after 897.
 
Date Founded
 
787
 
Date Terminated
 
897 or later (before 1066)
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine after 970; earlier order unknown
 
Foundation Information
 

King Offa founded a community of women in 787. Coenwulf added a community of men in 811. Winchcombe was the chief royal Mercian minster for the Worcester diocese.

 
Notable Heads
 

Cynethryth and Aefflaed, two women related to the royal house of Mercia, may have been abbesses around 897. However, Sarah Foot raises questions about their status as abbesses. See Veiled Women, vol. 2, 239-240 and n. 1.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

The royal house of Mercia founded this community.

 
Secular Political Affiliations
 

For a time in the ninth century, Winchcombe served as a royal archive for documents of the royal house of Mercia.

 
Litigations
 

The women at Winchcombe leave a record of a dispute between two churches, Winchcombe and Worcester, over land at Upton in Blockley in Gloucestershire. See Veiled Women, vol. 2, 239.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The monastery was the burial site of both Coenwulf and the martyred prince Kenelm. Oswald reformed the monastery between 969 and 975. It is not clear whether or not women were still part of the monastery at this time.

 
Contributors
 
Ruth Robbins
 
Date Started
 
787
 
Date Finished
 
897