Monastic Wales.

Event detail for site: Haverfordwest

1284: Visitation

Visitation conducted by Archbishop Pecham.

Pecham was seemingly dissatisfied with the state of religious observance that he observed at the priory but many of the recommendations he made mirrored those given to other houses. Pecham instructed that all the canons, including the prior, should eat together in the refectory and ensure that their leftovers were given as alms to the poor. Meat-eating was to be restricted, swearing punished and the admission of outsiders within the conventual area controlled. Pecham was concerned that the prior should participate more fully in communal affairs and not absent himself unduly. Thus, he was enjoined to attend Compline with the monks and was only to absent himself from communal activities if entertaining an important guest who could be of benefit to the house. The archbishop was also concerned about the management of finances and appointed two of the brothers as treasurers.

People associated with this event

John Pecham; Peckam; Peckham , Archbishop of Canterbury

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Registrum Epistolarum Fratris Johannis Peckham Archiepiscopi Cantuariensis, Rerum Britannicarum medii aevi scriptores; or, Chronicles and memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages, 77, 3 vols (London, 1882-1885) vol. 3, pp. 782-784

Cowley, F. G., The Monastic Order in South Wales 1066-1349 (Cardiff, 1977) pp. 101-102

Douie, Decima Langworthy, Archbishop Pecham (Oxford, 1952)

Other events in the history of this site

pre 1210Foundation - The priory may have been founded as early as 1180 but was likely established 1203x1210. [11 sources]
1210x1230Building work - The church and main claustral buildings were constructed in the early thitteenth century. [1 sources]
1284Visitation - Visitation conducted by Archbishop Pecham. [3 sources]
c.1291Wealth - The Taxatio Ecclesiastica assessed the priory's net income as £17 6s 8d. [1 sources]
1381Clerical poll tax - Payments required [1 sources][1 archives]
c.1450Prosperity - At this time the house was flourishing. [1 sources]
1534Act of Supremacy - William Barlow was prior in 1534 and signed the Act of Supremacy, acknowledging Henry VIII's authority over the pope. [2 sources]
c.1535Wealth - According to the Valor Ecclesiastica the priory's estimated wealth was £133 11s 1d. [2 sources]
1537Dissolution - The priory was surveyed at the beginning of October 1536 and dissolved under the 1536 Act of Suppression on 19 February 1537.
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