Monastic Wales.

Event detail for site: Llangennith

1295x1360: Custody

Following the outbreak of war with France, Llangennith was periodically taken into royal custody

These changes in administration often had severe consequences for the house, causing financial pressure and a reduction to numbers; moreover, some communities were left ‘more vulnerable to intrigue and local persecution' [Cowley, Monastic Order in South Wales, p. 221].

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Cowley, F. G., The Monastic Order in South Wales 1066-1349 (Cardiff, 1977) p. 221

Morgan, M. M., 'The suppression of the alien priories', History, 26 (1941) pp. 205-6

Other events in the history of this site

pre 1123Foundation - Llangennith was an alien priory established before 1123 when the church of St Cenydd was granted to the monks of St Taurinus, Normandy. [3 sources]
1195Confirmation - Richard I (1189-99) confirmed all the priory’s previous grants. [1 sources]
1218Size of community - At this time there were two or three monks at Llangennith. [1 sources]
pre 1223Illicit affairs - According to Gerald of Wales, a prior of Llangennith brought shame upon the house when he engaged in an illicit affair with a young woman of Gower. [2 sources]
1291Wealth - According to Pope Nicholas IV's Taxatio Ecclesiastica, Llangennith’s temporalities were assessed at £4 16s and the community had 120 acres of arable land and six cows. [2 sources]
1295x1360Custody - Following the outbreak of war with France, Llangennith was periodically taken into royal custody [2 sources]
1377Poll tax - Only the prior of the house is listed on the poll tax return. [1 sources][1 archives]
1413x1421Custody - The house was seized again during Henry V's reign and taken into royal custody. [1 sources]
c.1434Custody - By 1434 Llangennith's links with St Taurinus had been severed. [1 sources]
1441Dissolution - On 16 March 1441 Archbishop Chichele and his colleagues surrendered the house to Henry VI. [1 sources]
1442Post monastic ownership - On 5 February Archbishop Chichele and his colleagues granted Llangennith and St Clears to the king who duly granted them to the Oxford colleges of Warden and All Souls in April. [2 sources]