Wix
Community ID
 
920
 
Alternate Names
 
Sopwick, Wykes
 
Town
 
London
 
Diocese
 
London
 
Region
 
Essex
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Dedication
 
S. Mary
 
Date Founded
 
1123-1133
 
Date Terminated
 
1525
 
Religious Order
 
Benedictine
 
Rule
 
Benedictine
 
Foundation Information
 

According to S. Thompson, the probable founders of the community were Walter Mascherell, Alexander and Edith, his brother and sister (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest, 230). According to Knowles, the community was founded for the usual 13 nuns. It was suppressed for Wolsey's college, Oxford.

 
Notable Members/Residents/Guests
 

In 1427 Isabel Hermyte, formerly Pioress at Redlingfield, Redlingfield a Benedicitine Priory in Suffolk, who had been disciplined for scandal, is in residence here.

 
Population Counts
 

The community was probably founded for 13 nuns. There were only 4 nuns who were transferred to other houses when the priory was suppressed in 1525 for Wolsey's college at Oxford.

 
Income
 

In 1535 the community's net income was valued at over 92 pounds.

 
Early Documents
 

A sizeable number of the large series of charters for Wix were forged [see Episcopal Charters for Wix Priory (Essex), 45-63.] The Wix charters are the subject of current research, (Women Religious: The Founding of English Nunneries After the Norman Conquest,10).

 
Manuscript Sources
 

Public Record Office E42/316 (Ancient Deed Series AS).

 
Published Primary Sources
  
Miscellaneous Information
 

The foundation was by act of Henry I. When terminated 4 nuns were removed to other communities.

 
Admin. Notes
 

BOSB--Benedictine order
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Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1123
 
Date Finished
 
1525
 
Length
 
1589