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Limebrook Priory, Lingen

SMR Number
: 1675
Grid Reference
: SO 3741 6607

Nunnery founded here in or before reign of Richard I, either by Rob de Lingen or one of the Mortimers. There is some confusion as to the order to which it belonged, but undoubtedly in the time of Bishop Booth 1516-35, it was tenanted by Augustinian nuns and subsisted until the general suppression of the monasteries. Remains now consist of a single ruined building 41' x 22'5 lying E-W. Walls of local sandstone rubble but nearly all dressings have been removed. Would appear to date from C13 and has, in the S wall, three single light windows and the remains of a doorway. One jamb of second doorway remains in N wall, but most of this end and the E wall have been destoryed. Appears to have been inserted cross wall. Impossible to determine to what part of the priory this building belonged as although there are extensive foundation mounds in the field to the E they give no indication of general arrangement. (1)
Only W end and the S wall remain, up to 15' high. In same field to E & N are turf-covered remains of foundations, but are so badly mutilated it is difficult to establish form of buildings. (2)
Remains walls of one building 7m x 14m can be traced by footings ... range continues in E?? direction. Second range of buildings is visible under turf adjacent to cottage garden oriented roughly E-W. Between two ranges is relatively flat area. Cottage dated C16 by RCHM contains material from Priory. Unusual curve in S wall which may indicate incorporated Priory building. (3)
SMR 2536 Mistaken reference to another at Kinsham see records. Augustinian canonesses founded c1189, dissolved 1539. Priory of St Mary founded in or before Richard I by Rob de Lingen or one of the Mortimers. 1291 income over 13 pounds, six nuns at general suppression. Prior and four nuns granted pensions. (6)
Five year management agreement from 15.4.2002 to clear scrub, keep pasture, provide temporary support for masonry. (7)
Asarabacca grows for some 40 yards in great luxuriance in a hedgebank on the west slopes near Limebrook Priory. Probably introduced by the nuns as it was believed to cure diseases of the ear. (10)
Article on The Nunnery of Limebrook and its property. Detail about the history is given and a list and value of the nuns' property. (12)
Rectified photography. (13)

Monument Type(s)

  1. NUNNERY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Files

    Sources and Further Reading

    1. <1>SHE267 - Bibliographic reference: Royal Commission on Historical Monuments. 1934. Inventory of Monuments, Herefordshire North-West, Vol III. Herefordshire North-West, Vol III. III. Pages 136.
    2. <2>SHE7720 - Bibliographic reference: Ordnance Survey Record Card. 1972. SO36NE6. Ordnance Survey.
    3. <3>SHE3416 - Scheduling record: English Heritage. 09/1987. Schedule. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission (English Heritage).
    4. <4>SHE10741 - Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. 1963. Herefordshire. The Buildings of England.
    5. <5>SHE9552 - Photograph: Roberts, J P. 04/1981. Correspondence and notes from the County Archaeological Officer. Hereford and Worcester County Council.
    6. <6>SHE9689 - Bibliographic reference: Knowles D and R N Hadcock. 1971. Medieval Religious Houses. Book (Longman). 278,281-.
    7. <7>SHE14703 - Bibliographic reference: Leigh, Judith. 23/04/2002. letter to the SMR. letter to the SMR.
    8. <8>SHE12918 - Bibliographic reference: Thomas SP. 1986. Trans Radnor Soc.
    9. <9>SHE11188 - Bibliographic reference: E Power. 1922. Medieval English Nunneries. 183.
    10. <10>SHE16034 - Article in serial: Bull, H G. 1881. The Asarabacca. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club. 38-39. Pages 38-39.
    11. <11>SHE16083 - Bibliographic reference: Hair, P.E.H.. 1988. Chaplains, Chantries and Chapels of North-West Herefordshire c.1400. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club. XLVI 1988 Part I. 31-64. XLVI 1988 Part I. Pages 39.
    12. <12>SHE13023 - Bibliographic reference: Tonkin, J W. 1974. Nunnery of Limebrook and its property. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club. XLI 1974 Part II. Pages 149-164.
    13. <13>SHE19079 - Photograph: English Heritage. 2014. Limebrook Priory Rectified Photography. Digital.

    Associated events

    1. EHE43480 - Field Survey, Limebrook Priory, Lingen, 2005

    Protected status

    1. Scheduled Monument 110: Limebrook Priory
    2. Listed Building (II) 149552: REMAINS OF LIMEBROOK PRIORY

    Associated Historic Landscape Character Records

    1. HHE34 - Intake/Encroachment upon Former Non-enclosed Land - Wood Pasture/Woodland
    Last Updated: 23/07/2010 12:35:57