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Event detail for site: St Clears

c. 1414: Dissolution

St Clears was dissolved c. 1414.

However, Chris Pearce (forthcoming) argues that the dissolution date appears to have been 1444 rather than 1414, when the foundation was granted to All Soul's College, Oxford [see Rot. Pat. 22 Hen. VI, pt. 1, m. 15]. The fact that the Cluniacs expected compensation for this donation suggests that they retained an interest in the foundation up until this date.

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, III, 1377-1540, ed. David M. Smith (CUP: Cambridge, 2008) p. 255


Other events in the history of this site

1147-1184Foundation - The priory was founded in the second half of the twelfth century. [1 sources]
1279Monastic observance - The prior of St Clears was summoned to Barnstaple Priory, another of St Martin's dependencies, to answer questions regarding the state of monastic observance.  [2 sources]
1288Debts - The prior of St Clears (William Arraines) reputedly absconded with debts outstanding to the bishop of St David’s who duly seized the priory.  [3 sources]
c.1291Wealth - According to the Taxatio the house had only twelve acres of arable land and its spiritualities and temporalities totalled £15 19s 2d.  [2 sources]
1294x1414Custody - During these years the house was generally in royal custody. [2 sources][1 archives]
1305Wealth - The royal officials valued the cell at £8 10s  [1 sources][1 archives]
c.1333Resignation - By September 1333 John Seyer had resigned as prior of St Clears on account of his dissolute conduct.  [1 sources]
1339Custody - On 16 July 1339, Pontius, a monk of St Clears, was granted the keeping of St Clears during the French Wars.  [1 sources]
1377Poll tax - Only the prior is listed. [1 sources][1 archives]
1378-1409Papal Schism - Contact between Cluny and her houses in England and Wales was severed.  [1 sources]
1378Valuation - By 1378 the value of the priory had increased to £19 6s 8d. [1 archives]
c.1414Dissolution - St Clears was dissolved c. 1414.  [1 sources]
1442Custody - St Clears was granted to All Souls College, Oxford [1 sources]

 
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