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Haverfordwest (Priory)

also known as: Haverfordwest

Order: Augustinian Canons

Haverfordwest Priory was seemingly founded by Robert fitz Richard, the grandson of Thancard of Haverford.
The house was situated just outside the town of Haverfordwest which had been established some seventy years previous. The priory evidently had an uneventful history and escaped the ravages of warfare and rebellion.
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Dedicated to: St Thomas and St Mary Medieval Diocese: St David's
Lordship at foundation: Pembroke
Access: Public
Owned by: Cadw

Main 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 source]
1284Visitation - Visitation conducted by Archbishop Pecham. [3 sources]
c.1291Wealth - The Taxatio Ecclesiastica assessed the priory's net income as £17 6s 8d. [1 source]
1381Clerical poll tax - Payments required [1 source][1 archive]
c.1450Prosperity - At this time the house was flourishing. [1 source]
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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People associated with this site

John Pecham; Peckam; Peckham , Archbishop of Canterbury (conducted visitation)

Priors of Haverfordwest

Robert fitz Richard (Robert of Haverford), lord of Haverfordwest (seemingly founder)

Bibliographical sources

20 Printed sources

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6 On-line sources

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Archival sources

The National Archives, 'Exchequer, King's Remembrancer, Clerical Subsidies - Haverfordwest, 1381', (Document), (View website)

Related articles on Monastic Wales

Remnants of Haverfordwest Priory,
Who were the Regular Canons?, Dr Karen Stöber

Images of this site

Gardens, Haverfordwest Priory

Groundplan of Haverfordwest, Cadw, Welsh Government (Crown Copyright)

Haverfordwest Priory

Poll tax return for Haverfordwest, 1381

Haverfordwest Priory

Pembrokeshire, OS Grid:SM9569215213
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