123. THE PRIORY OF WEST RAVENDALE
The priory of West Ravendale is said to have
been founded by Alan son of Henry earl of
Brittany, who gave the manor and church in
1202 to the Premonstratensian abbey of Beauport in Brittany. (fn. 1) There was a prior here in
1275, (fn. 2) but it is uncertain whether he had ever
any brethren with him. Another was pardoned
in 1334 for hunting in a free warren. (fn. 3) The
temporalities of this house were in the king's
hands on and off during the second half of the
fourteenth century. In 1340 and 1343 it was
released on the ground that Brittany was not
under the power of France. (fn. 4) From 1344 to
1389, however, the king presented clerks to the
churches belonging to the priory. (fn. 5) Henry IV
granted the lands of West Ravendale to his queen,
Joanna, in dower, (fn. 6) and when she died without
issue they were finally assigned to the dean and
chapter of Southwell in 1452. (fn. 7) This grant was
confirmed again in 1462. (fn. 8)
The revenue of the priory in 1380 was
£22 19s. 5d. (fn. 9) The advowsons of Waltham,
Brigsley, Beelsby, Barnoldby le Beck, Hatcliffe,
and Beesby, were reckoned as part of its possessions, but they only brought in small annual
pensions. (fn. 10)
Priors of West Ravendale
Nicholas, (fn. 11) occurs 1246
Martin, (fn. 12) occurs 1275
William, (fn. 13) occurs 1334
||Dugdale, Mon. vi, 1050; Hund. R. (Rec. Com.),
||Pat. 3 Edw. I, m. 19.
||Ibid. 8 Edw. III, pt. i, m. 18.
||Close, 14 Edw. III, pt. i, m. 25; 16 Edw. III,
pt. ii, m. 6.
||Pat. Rolls passim.
||Inq. p.m. 15 Hen. VI, No. 48.
||Lansd. MS. 237, A, fol. 290.
||Pat. I Edw. IV, pt. iii, m. 13.
||Add. MS. 664, fol. 370.
||Inq. p.m. I 5 Hen. VI, i, No. 48.
||Linc. Epis. Reg. Roll of Grosteste.
||Pat. 3 Edw. I, m. 9.
||Ibid. 8 Edw. III, pt. i, m. 34.