117. THE PRIORY OF FIELD DALLING
In 1138 James de Sancto Hylario gave to the
abbey of the Holy Trinity, Savigny, in the
diocese of Avranches, 10 librates of land with
their appurtenances in Field-Dalling (Dallenges),
with the consent of Avelina his wife and Peter
his brother, for his weal and for the souls of his
predecessors and successors. Two years later
King Stephen addressed a confirmation charter of
this grant to the bishop of Norwich and his
officials. (fn. 1) In the reign of Henry II, Roger earl of
Clare also confirmed the grant, and it was subsequently ratified by Maud his daughter and heiress. (fn. 2)
In 1147 the abbey of Savigny adopted the
Cistercian rule. The monks from Savigny who
came to Field Dalling were of that order.
Tanner says that Field Dalling was sometimes
mentioned as a priory by itself, and sometimes
as a parcel of the priory of Long Bennington,
Lincoln, which was another cell of Savigny.
The taxation roll of 1291 gives the annual
value of the land, rents, mill, and other manorial
rights at Field Dalling pertaining to the abbey
of Savigny at £21 10s. 3½d.; the abbey also held
in Norfolk, as pertaining to the cell of Field
Dalling, 18s. 8d.; rents at Norwich, £2 4s. 5¼d.;
land and rents at Saxlingham; and 8½d. rents at
Hindringham, yielding a total of £24 14s. 1¼d.
An extent or survey of this cell was taken in
1325 by command of Edward II, when the jury
returned details of the annual value of the manor,
yielding a total of £10 2s. 10½d. (fn. 3)
Upon the dissolution of the alien priories in
1414 Field Dalling Priory was first granted by
the crown to Epworth Priory; then to the
Spittle-on-the-Street, Lincolnshire; then to the
Carthusians of Coventry; and lastly, in 1462, to
the Carthusian priory of Mountgrace, Yorkshire.
In the last grant ' Fieldallying ' is described as
parcel of the alien priory of Long Bennington,
lately belonging to the abbot and convent of
Savigny. (fn. 4)
||Round, Cal. Doc. France, i, 291, where the
originals in the archives of Mortain are cited.
||Blomefield, Hist. of Norf. ix, 221.
||Add. MSS. 6164, pp. 253-4.
||Pat. 1 Edw. IV, pt. vi, m. 14 and 13.