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Wormsley Priory

SMR Number
: 3215
Grid Reference
: SO 4362 4859

Priory founded for Canons Regular of St Augustine by member of Talbot family, probably in the reign of King John. Site to E of Wormsley Grange is marked only by a series of dry sinking and irregular bank, perhaps the precinct enclosure. (1)(2)
Numerous small terraces and banks. Evidence that some form of building stood in this field. Nothing is apparent to make logical pattern. (3)
Some of remains standing in 1718 sketch in Phillips MS, retained little of monastic character except stone mullioned windows & lofty archway. (4)
An examination of the site including a history of the site based on an article by Rev. Canon A.T. Bannister (1926). The buildings of the priory did not appear to long survive the suppression. Stonework was no doubt re-used in other building work. Some moulded and carved fragments survive at the Hawk’s Nest cottage, not confirmed as part of the priory. The misericords at Canon Pyon church are presumed to come from the priory. A description of the earthworks is given. They consist of a complex of platforms and banks and other earthworks. The only walling of the priory in situ above ground is a 24ft length of the west precinct wall of the conventional buildings. A leat still exists and there are traces of sluices. A sketch plan is given. (5) (6)
Article on Chaplains, Chantries and Chapels of NW Herefordshire c.1400. (A list is compiled in Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, Vol XLVI, 1989, Part II). (7)

Monument Type(s)

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

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    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 214.
    2. <2>SHE9690 - Bibliographic reference: Knowles D and R N Hadcock. 1953. Medieval Religious Houses.
    3. <3>SHE7785 - Bibliographic reference: Ordnance Survey Record Card. 1969. SO44NW10. Ordnance Survey.
    4. <4>SHE11771 - Bibliographic reference: Robinson, Rev C J. 1872. A History of the Mansions and Manors of Herefordshire.
    5. <5>SHE15661 - Serial: Attfield, C E (ed). 1986. Herefordshire Archaeological News No. 46.Woolhope Club Archaeological Research Section. 46. Pages 6.
    6. <6>SHE15404 - Serial: Lowe, Ros (ed). 1998. Herefordshire Archaeological News No. 69. Woolhope Club Archaeological Research Section. 69. Pages 13.
    7. <7>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 37.
    8. <8>SHE16476 - Bibliographic reference: Bannister, Canon A.T.. 1926. The Priory of Austin Canons at Wormsley. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club. Volume for 1924, 1925, 1926 Part III 1926. 153-157. 1926. Pages 153-157.

    Protected status

      Associated Historic Landscape Character Records

      1. HHE295 - Small Compass Enclosure of the Landscape - Estate Division
      2. HHE44 - Small Compass Enclosure of the Landscape - Reconfiguration of Former Common Arable Fields
      Last Updated: 23/07/2010 12:35:57