110. THE COLLEGE OF THORNTON
Thornton College was one of the short-lived
foundations of King Henry VIII. A part of
the revenues of the suppressed abbey of Thornton
was set aside for the maintenance of a college,
for the ministration of the sacraments, the observance
of good manners, the care of the aged and those who
had spent their lives in the service of the realm, and
for the instruction of the young.
There was to be a dean at the head of it, supported by four prebendaries, six minor canons,
a schoolmaster, and a choirmaster. To maintain the services of the church a gospeller
and an epistoler were appointed, with four
singing men and five choir boys. A porter, a
sub-sacrist, a butler, and a cook, also received
salaries from the foundation, and four poor
persons were to be maintained in the house. (fn. 1)
The college was suppressed at the beginning
of the reign of Edward VI, a pension of £50
being assigned to the dean, Roger Dalison, and
smaller sums to several others connected with
the house. (fn. 2)
||Chant. Cert. 33, No. 124.
||Add. MS. 8102 (Pension List).