Houses of Cistercian monks
The abbey of Wyresdale

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Victoria County History

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William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors)

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1908

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'Houses of Cistercian monks: The abbey of Wyresdale', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 2 (1908), pp. 131. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=38349 Date accessed: 28 August 2014.


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6. THE ABBEY OF WYRESDALE

The Cistercian abbey of Wyresdale, an offshoot of Furness, was founded towards the close of the twelfth century, on land perhaps given by Theobald Walter, lord of Weeton, and (from about 1192) of all Amounderness. Between 1193 and 1196 Theobald, with the consent of the archdeacon of Richmond, appropriated to the new house the church of St. Michael-on-Wyre, subject to the appointment of a vicar. (fn. 251) But some years later (before 1204) Theobald removed the monks to Wotheney, on his Irish lands in Munster, in the present county of Limerick. (fn. 252) The site of the short-lived house in Wyresdale is not known, but is supposed to be indicated by the name Abbey stead in Over Wyresdale near the confluence of Tarnbrook Wyre and Marshaw Wyre.

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251 Farrer, Lancs. Pipe R. 336. For the interesting agreement between the abbey and the vicar, see ibid. 337 and above, p. 14.
252 Ibid. 340; Dugdale, Mon. ii, 1025, 1034.