32. THE PRIORY OF HYRST
The little cell of Hyrst in Axholme was built
on lands granted by Nigel d'Albini to the prior
and convent of St. Oswald's, Nostell, probably
early in the twelfth century. Roger de Mowbray
confirmed the gifts of his father. It seems
probable that there never was but one canon
living there, to take charge of the lands; the
charter of Nigel speaks of 'Ralf the Canon' being
resident there, and the charter of Roger names
'Osbert Silvanus the Canon.' The property
consisted only of the grove and marsh of Hyrst,
with certain tithes of corn, malt, and fish from
the neighbourhood. In 1534 it still belonged
to St. Oswald's Priory, and was worth £7 11s. 8d.
a year; in the Ministers' Accounts the value is
said to be £9 8s. (fn. 1)
There is a seal of the twelfth or early thirteenth century. (fn. 2) The obverse is pointed oval
representing the Virgin seated on a throne, with
nimbus, in the right hand the Child, in the left
hand a sceptre fleur-de-lizé.
[S]IGILLV . . . . . . . . . HERS . . . . . . .
The reverse is a small oval signet or counter
seal representing Athena Nikephoros, to the right
from an oval Greek gem.
s . . . . . . . . . .
||Dugdale, Mon. vi, 100.
||Harl. Chart. 43, I, 18.