119. THE PRIORY OF GREAT LIMBER
The manor and church of Great Limber were
granted by Richard de Humet, constable of Normandy, and Agnes his wife, to the Cistercian
abbey of Aunay in Normandy, and their charter
was confirmed by Henry II about 1157. (fn. 1) A
little later Bertram de Verdun renewed the
grant on condition that two monks should always
be received into the abbey for the special purpose
of celebrating divine service for the souls of the
grantors. (fn. 2) It is possible that a monk may have
been sent to Limber to take charge of the property, but it is doubtful whether there was ever
a priory there in any other sense.
The manor and church were sold by the abbot
of Aunay in 1393 to the priory of St. Anne at
Coventry. (fn. 3)
||Round, Cal. of Doc. France, i, 185.
||Ibid. 187. The charter is dated c. 1178.
||Pat. 16 Ric. II, pt. iii, m. 26; Linc. Epis. Reg.
Memo. Bokyngham, 451-2.