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Edington Priory

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

In the civil parish of Edington.
In the historic county of Wiltshire.
Modern Authority of Wiltshire.
1974 county of Wiltshire.
Medieval County of Wiltshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST92605335
Latitude 51.27925° Longitude -2.10746°

Edington Priory has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Founded in 1351 by William of Edington, Bishop of Winchester, as a collegiate chantry. It was converted into a Bonhommes monastery in 1358 by the founder. It was badly damaged in Jack Cade's rebellion of 1450, when the Bishop of Winchester was dragged from the church and murdered. It surrendered in 1539, and most of the buildings were destroyed by 1579. Several features are still visible, these including fishponds, fragments surviving in the Priory, monastic gardens, the Conduit House, and the church. (PastScape)

A royal pardon and licence to crenellate was granted in 1359 Oct 9 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

The rector and friars, at the request of Bishop Edington, were issued a pardon for crenellating without licence in 1360. (A pardon does not mean the building was built without permission.) It is possibly Bishop Edington was intending part of the Priory to be a residence for himself.
Although several of C15 bishops did sign documents and perform ordinations at Edington does not seem to have been a residential manor of the bishop of Salisbury as implied by Thompson and as stated by Morewood.
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This record last updated 15/11/2016 20:11:04

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