- Selborne Priory
name = Selborne Priory
full = Priory of St Mary, Selborne
established = 1233
disestablished = 1485
Peter des Roches
Selborne, Hampshire, England
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remains = some earthworks
public_access = no
Selborne Priory was a
prioryof Augustinian canonsin Selborne, Hampshire, England.
The priory was founded in 1233 by
Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester. The bishop innitially endowed the priory with lands obtained by gift from James de Acangre, James de Norton, and King Henry III. The canons had the manor of Selbornewith all its privilegesand the churches of Selborne, Basingand Basingstoke. The foundation was confirmed by Pope Gregory IXin September, 1235
13th to 15th centuries
The house acquired numerous small endowments over the years, but also various obligations such as the upkeep of the vicarages of the various churches. The original foundation was for fourteen canons but by the mid fifteenth century this number had fallen to just four and the priory was in serious debt.
On 21 April, 1478, the general chapter of the Augustinian Order authorised a visitation by the priors of
Breamoreand Tortington. And on 2 September, 1484, Bishop Waynfleteappointed a commission for the annexing of the priory to Magdalen College, Oxford. The evidence given to the commission showed that there were no canons in residence and the buildings were dilapidated. The decree of annexation was pronounced on 11 September 1484 and confirmed in 1485.
After the suppression a
chantry priestwas maintained by the college at Selborne, to celebrate masses for the benefactors and founders of both college and priory. The munimentsof the priory were transferred to the college and kept in the Founder's Tower.
No visible remains of the buildings can be seen above ground. Archaeological investigations was carried out in the 1960s and 1970s finding the remains of the church, cloister and other buildings. The surviving muniments are one of the most complete sets for any religious house in the country.
* [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=38108 "A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 2", The Victoria County History 1973]
* "The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight", Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, 1967
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