The History of Thornholme Priory in Lincolnshire
Yet another medieval gem that once stood in Lincolnshire . . .
Thornholme Priory was an early Augustinian Priory founded c1150 by King Stephen.
It was only a small monastery, for about 12 Augustinian canons , and sat in a valley close to the River Ancholme
It doesn’t seem to have enjoyed much prosperity, there were several disputes over patronage and in the 13th century it fell into the King’s hands due to bad debt.
In the 14th century their problems continued and a plea to the Pope himself saw a reduction in the taxes levied on them by the church.
In 1440 a bishop visited and, the suspiciously named, Prior Robert Neville was accused of a litany of complaints by the ‘monks’ about their, lives and treatment.
Such were they that the Bishop made no decision but sought to investigate further.
He found yet more problems with debt and poor ‘management’ of Thornholm Priory.
I would like to revisit this site, this visit took place more than 3 years ago, as it’s a lovely spot and a nice walk too.
It should be noted that the standing remains are not, very sadly, part of the priory but the remains of relatively modern farm buildings.
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