16. THE PRIORY OF BRIMPSFIELD
The alien priory of Brimpsfield was a cell of
the Benedictine monastery of St. Wandrille in
Normandy. (fn. 1) Although no exact information
exists about the founder and the date of the
endowment, there can be little doubt that one
of the Giffards, after 1086 and probably before
1100, gave the church of Brimpsfield and a
small grant of land to the abbot and convent of
St. Wandrille. (fn. 2) The abbot and convent of
St. Wandrille sent one of their monks to act as
their bailiff or proctor, they presented him as prior to
the bishop of Worcester, and the custody of the
manor of Brimpsfield was committed to him;
the bishop instituted him, and issued a mandate
that he should be inducted into the priory. (fn. 3)
Brimpsfield was not a conventual house, and
accordingly, when the alien priories were seized
in time of war against France, the custody was
not restored to the prior for payment of a ferm
to the exchequer, but remained in the king's
hands. (fn. 4) The manor was very small, and in
an extent of 1293 its goods and chattels and
yearly produce were only valued at £6 19s. (fn. 5)
In 1374 the church was worth 12 marks a
year. (fn. 6)
The priory was finally seized in 1414 under
the Act for the confiscation of the alien priories.
In 1441 Henry VI gave it to Eton College, (fn. 7)
and Edward IV confirmed the grant in 1467. (fn. 8)
However, in 1474 he bestowed the property on
the dean and chapter of Windsor. (fn. 9)
Priors of Brimpsfield (fn. 10)
Gilbert, 1289 (fn. 11)
Robert le Masiner, 1290 (fn. 12)
Thomas le Brykebek, 1311 (fn. 13)
Roger de Argenciis, 1327 (fn. 14)
Richard de Hente, 1328 (fn. 15)
Roger de Hegneto, 1329 (fn. 16)
John Fabrun, 1361 (fn. 17)
Peter le Cerbonour resigned 1363 (fn. 18)
Simon Halley, 1363 (fn. 19)
||Dugdale, Mon. vii, 1048. St. Stephanus de
Fontanello, i.e. St. Wandrille.
||Osbern Giffard held Brimpsfield in 1087; cf.
Taylor, Domesday Surv. of Glouc. 272.
Worc. Epis. Reg. Giffard (Worc. Hist. Soc.), 357,
365, 368; cf. notes to list of priors.
||There is no record of any institution of a prior
between 1327 and 1361, when the alien priories
||MS. Add. 6164 (B.M.), fol. 46.
Reg. Sede Vac. (Worc. Hist. Soc.), 308.
||Dugdale, op. cit. vii, 1048.
||The list is necessarily very incomplete, as the sole
source is the registers of Worcester.
Worc. Epis. Reg. Giffard (Worc. Hist. Soc.), 357.
||Ibid. 368; ob. 1311, ibid. Reynolds, fol. 34d.
||Ibid. Cobham, fol. 131.
||Ibid. Orlton, fol. 16d.
||Ibid. fol. 23.
||Ibid. Brian, fol. 31d.
||Ibid. Barnet, fol. 26.
||JohnJurica - (Thursday 15 Oct 2009 16:02:35)
Before note 1:VCH Gloucestershire X, 323
For 'St. Wandrille' read 'St. Stephen of Fontenoy'
||JohnJurica - (Thursday 15 Oct 2009 16:06:44)
In note 1:VCH Gloucestershire X, 323
For 'Dugdale, Mon. vii, 1048' read 'Dugdale, Mon. vi(2), 1048'