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Malpas (Priory)

also known as: Malpas

Order: Cluniac

Malpas was founded as a cell of Montacute Priory, Somerset, by Robert de la Haye. The community was small and probably comprised two or three monks who resided there as custodians. In 1407 Malpas became a denizen cell and following its dissolution in 1539 the site was granted to Sir William details of standing remains

Medieval Diocese: Llandaff
Affiliated to: Montacute Priory (mother-house)
Lordship at foundation: Glamorgan
Access: No remains visible
Owned by: No remains visible

Main events in the history of this site

c.1110Foundation - Founded c. 1110 and pre 1122.
While Winebald de Baeluns has traditionally been considered the founder of Malpas, it is now thought that Robert de Hay was responsible for the establishment of a priory here. [3 sources]
c.1291Wealth - According to the Taxatio of 1291 the priory had only fifty-five acres, twenty of which were arable; its spiritualities were valued at a mere £1 and its temporalities at £4 19s 8d.  [2 sources]
c.1300Patronage - Malpas was under the patronage of the de Clares / earls of Gloucester.  [1 source]
1314Problems - The prior of Montacute admitted that problems had arisen at Malpas as a consequence of poor administration by the prior of Malpas. [2 sources]
1407Status - Malpas became a denizen cell. [1 source]
c.1535Wealth - According to the Valor Ecclesiasticus Malpas had an income of just £14. [4 sources][1 archive]
1539 Dissolution - Malpas was surrendered on 20 March 1539, at the same time as Montecute. [2 sources]
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People associated with this site

Priors of Malpas

Robert of Hay , lord of Gwynllŵg (founder)

Winebald de Baeluns (Ballon; Balun) , lord of Caerleon (patron)

Bibliographical sources

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Related articles on Monastic Wales

The Cluniacs in Wales: Malpas and St Clears, Christopher Pearce
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Images of this site

Capital from the former priory church at Malpas

Capital from the former priory church at Malpas

Capital from the former priory church at Malpas

Capital from the former priory church at Malpas

Interior of the reconstructed church at Malpas

The reconstructed church at Malpas

Newport, OS Grid:ST30299017
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