Monastic Wales.

Event detail for site:

1538: Dissolution

On 2 September the prior of Haverfordwest and his seven friars surrendered the house. The name of the final friar to sign the deed was smeared over which suggests that he withdrew his consent at the last moment.

The document reads:
Md. We ye p'ior & co'ue'te of Harford west of one assente and co'sente wt owte any coaccyon or co'sell do gyve owr howse in to ye handds of ye lorde vysytor to ye kyngs use; desyeryinge hys grace to be good & gracyous to us. In Wyttenes we subscrybe thys byll wt owr p'per handds the llth day of septe'ber In the xxxti yere of ye raygne of owr most dred sou'en lorde kynge Henry ye V111 th.
Lewys Johns p'ior of Harford west, d'.
Moris Johns.
p'me fr'em Hugo'e Says (?)
p'me fr'em Richardu' Wade.
p'me fratrem Roger' Rogers.
p'me fratre' Joh'em Baker.
p'me frV D'D Perkyn.
p'me fi-V Wylhelm.

The following day Ingworth sold almost all of the friary's contents and paid the debts. He also took away £ 2. 10s. 9d. and a chalice weighing 18 ounces.
One of the steeple bells was sold to a grocer from London and was sent by the mayor to Bristol. The second bell may be that which survives in Talbenny church.

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Medieval Religious Houses, England and Wales, ed. R. Neville Hadcock and David Knowles (Harlow, 1971) p. 216

Jones, Barbara, 'The Dominican Friars of Haverfordwest: their sites and lands before and after the dissolution of the monasteries', Journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society, 3 (1989) pp. 84-85

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions in Wales and Monmouthshire, 'An inventory of the ancient monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire' (London, 1911-25) vol. VII, p. 394