86. THE HOSPITAL OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE, PARTNEY
Another of the early hospitals of Lincolnshire
was that dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene at
Partney. The church of St. Nicholas and the
chapel of St. Mary Magdalene at Partney were
granted by Gilbert of Ghent to Bardney Abbey
at its foundation, and confirmed to the monks
there by his son Walter in 1115; (fn. 1) and the hospital must have been built shortly after this, either
by Walter or by the first abbot of Bardney, for
its endowments were confirmed by King Stephen
and by Robert of Ghent the son of Walter. (fn. 2)
It had a master of its own during the reign
of John; but seems to have been always dependent upon Bardney Abbey. It is uncertain
whether it was intended for the sick or for the
aged poor. By the fourteenth century it had ceased
to be a hospital at all, and was regarded as a small
cell to the abbey, which might occasionally provide a home for an abbot at his resignation. (fn. 3)
The only name of a master which can at
present be recovered is Osbert, who occurs 1208
and 1209. (fn. 4)
||Cott. MS. Vesp. E, xx, fol. 8, 278 d.
||Ibid. fol. 56d. 124d.
||Dugdale, Mon. i, 628, Chart. xx.
||Boyd and Massingberd, Abstracts of Final Concords, 82; Cott. MS. Vesp. E, xx, fol. 45.