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Spalding Priory

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Spaldyng

In the civil parish of Spalding.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF24772252
Latitude 52.78584° Longitude -0.15136°

Spalding Priory has been described as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Benedictine cell founded in 1052 as a dependency of the Benedictine Abbey of Crowland. After 1071 one monk only remained, and the house was refounded in 1074 as a cell of St. Nicholas's Abbey, Angers. The monks secured their independence from Angers in 1397, and in 1540 the house was surrendered. The conventual church was apparently on the West side of the present Bridge Street a little to the North of High Bridge. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1333 March 2 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Granted licence to crenellate in 1333. This licence was part of a series of investigations into the abbey's alien status during the active periods of the 100 years war. They also had intermittent disputes with the town and a long standing dispute with Crowland Abbey, although this was resolved in 1332. The prior and monks may have felt under attack from several sides but no fortification they could build would protect them from royal power and this licence must have had much more to do with diplomatic agreements between the house, its patron Hugh de Lacy and the Crown. Surviving remains of the priory are scant and nothing can be securely dated to a building associated with this licence. The history given in the VCH does not mention either the licence of any building work from around this date.
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