Marrick Priory (Yorkshire)

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      GB 133 BMC/91
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      1 item. Medium: paper. Condition: damp-affected, paper fragile.

Scope and Content

Rental of Marrick Priory, made by the prioress Dame Cristabell Cowper, in 1535.

Entitled: The rentall of Marrige Abbey maid by Dame Cristabell Cowper, priores of the same, for the fest of the Invencion of the Holy Crosse Anno Domini M°CCCCC°XXXV in the XXVIIth yere of Kyng Harry the VIIIth.

Former reference: 198.

Administrative / Biographical History

A priory for Benedictine nuns was founded at Marrick in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, by Roger de Aske in around 1165. The priory was in the archdeaconry of Richmond. Other than the records of a visitation held in 1252, little is known of the priory's history until the Dissolution. It was surrendered by the prioress, Christabella Cowper, and sixteen nuns on 17 November 1540. The clear annual value in the Valor Ecclesiasticus was £48 18s 2d. Source: William Page (ed.), The Victoria history of the county of York, vol. 3 (London: Constable, 1913), pp. 117-18.

Acquisition Information

Rylands accession no. R48437.


This item was wrongly attributed by Fawtier to Marrige Abbey.

Related Material

Leeds University Library Special Collections holds other documents from Marrick Priory: see