73. THE PRIORY OF NEW ROMNEY
The Cistercian Abbey of Pontigny in France
owed its possessions at Romney to its connexion
with the archbishops of Canterbury. Thomas
Becket was received at the abbey while in exile, (fn. 1)
as was also Stephen Langton; and the latter in
1222 granted to the abbey 50 marks yearly from
the church of Romney, (fn. 2) the grant being confirmed by the convent of Christchurch, Canterbury, (fn. 3) and Pope Honorius III (fn. 4) in the same year.
Archbishop Edmund, who was afterwards buried
at Pontigny, (fn. 5) added 10 marks in 1238, (fn. 6) the
convent of Christchurch confirming the grant in
1245. (fn. 7) Archbishop Boniface in 1264 granted (fn. 8)
the whole church to the abbey, reserving a
vicarage; and Rornriey thus became a cell to
Pontigny, though it is doubtful whether there
was ever any regular settlement of monks at it.
During the war with France the possessions
of the abbey were taken into the king's hands
and let at farm. In 1342 John de Wymbourne
held them at a rent of 40 marks yearly, but was
unwilling to pay more, and they were let to
Joan de Bare, countess of Warehne, and William
de Wath, clerk, at a rent of 45 marks. (fn. 9) The
advowson of the vicarage was also seized by the
king. (fn. 10)
The possessions of aliens were finally confiscated by Act of Parliament in the reign of
Henry V; and Henry VI on 20 May, 1439,
granted ' the priory ' of Romney to the warden
and college of All Souls, Oxford. (fn. 11)
||Edmund Martene, Thesaurus Novus Anecdotorum
||Fine R. 16 Edw. III, m. 28.
||Pat. 5 Ric. II, pt. I, m. 21.
||Pat. 17 Hen. VI, pt. 1, m. 2.