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Montacute
Montacute
Priory was a Cluniac priory of the Benedictine
Benedictine
order in Montacute, Somerset, England.

Contents

1 History 2 Remains 3 See also 4 References 5 External References 6 External links

History[edit] It was founded between 1078[1] and 1102[2] by William, Count of Mortain, in face of a threat that if he did not do so, the King would take the land from him.[3] It was the only Somerset
Somerset
dependency of Cluny Abbey
Cluny Abbey
until 1407, when it gained independence from France. It was dissolved in 1539,[1] though there was a short restoration under the Catholic Queen Mary.[4] At its height in 1262 there were 25 monks.[5] In 1539 there were a Prior and 16 monks. At the time of the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
in 1086 there were five manors in Mudford. The largest of them, which was given with the church to Montacute
Montacute
Priory in 1192, became Mudford
Mudford
Monachorum ( Mudford
Mudford
of the monks) and was centred on the present hamlet of Up Mudford. The Church of St Mary in the village was granted by Montacute
Montacute
Priory to the Bishop of Bath and Wells
Bishop of Bath and Wells
in 1339.[6] The Church of St Michael in Creech St Michael
Creech St Michael
came into the ownership of Montacute
Montacute
Priory in 1362.[7] At one time Tintinhull Court
Tintinhull Court
was amongst the possessions of the Priory,[8] along with land in the village.[9] The priory had a dependent cell at Kerswell Priory
Kerswell Priory
near Cullompton, Devon[10] Remains[edit] All that remains is the Abbey Farmhouse which incorporates the gateway of Montacute
Montacute
Priory. It was built in the 16th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building. After the dissolution of the monasteries the property became a farmhouse, but by 1633 it was 'almost desolate'. By 1782 it was a revitalised farm, remaining part of the Phelips estate until 1918.[11] the only other surviving building is the monk's pigeon cote,[12] however there are extensive earthworks to the south of St Catherine's Church which may be the claustral range, and a fishpond.[1] See also[edit]

Montacute
Montacute
House

References[edit]

^ a b c " Montacute
Montacute
Priory". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 10 February 2018.  ^ " Montacute
Montacute
Priory". Somerset
Somerset
Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 12 July 2009.  ^ Dunning, Robert (1976). Christianity in Somerset. Taunton: Somerset County Council. p. 20.  ^ Dunning, Robert (1976). Christianity in Somerset. Taunton: Somerset County Council. p. 26.  ^ "House of Cluniac monks: The priory of Montacute". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 2. British History Online. Retrieved 12 July 2009.  ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press Ltd. p. 152. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.  ^ " Creech St Michael
Creech St Michael
Parish Church". Creech St Michael. Retrieved 16 April 2009.  ^ "Tintinhull Court,". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  ^ "Extant of Montacute
Montacute
Priory in 1301". Tintinhull local history. Retrieved 12 July 2009.  ^ "KERSWELL PRIORY". Pastscape. Retrieved 23 October 2016.  ^ "Abbey Farmhouse". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 11 July 2009.  ^ "Priory Dovecote, about 90 metres east south east of Abbey Farmhouse". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 

External References[edit]

Maxwell Lyte, C.H. (ed.). Two Cartularies of the Augustine Priory of Bruton and the Cluniac Priory of Montacute
Montacute
in the County of Somerset, 1894. https://archive.org/details/twocartulariesa00priogoog

External links[edit]

Somerset
Somerset
County Coun