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Llangua (Priory)

also known as: Llangua

Order: Benedictine

Llangua Priory was established as an alien priory of Lyre Abbey in Normandy and was later granted to the Carthusian house at Sheen. show details of standing remains

Medieval Diocese: Llandaff
Affiliated to: Lyre Abbey, Normandy (mother-house)
Lordship at foundation: Gower
Access: Public access to the parish church of St James (formerly the priory church)
Owned by: Representative Body of the Church in Wales

Main events in the history of this site

pre 1183Foundation - The priory was founded before 1183 when the manor and church of Llangua were granted to Lyre Abbey in Normandy, to establish an alien priory.  [2 sources]
c.1268x1270Patronage - Edmund (‘Crouchback’), earl of Lancaster and son of Henry III, instigated an enquiry concerning his rights over the priory as patron.  [1 source]
c.1291Wealth - The Taxatio of Nicholas IV refers to the church of Llangua, held by the procurator of Lyre for 10s. [5 sources]
c.1300Lands - In the fourteenth century Llangua's holdings in Wales were considered part of the Livers Ocle estate. [1 source][1 archive]
c.1337Custody - During the Hundred Years War, the Crown took control of Lyre’s properties. [1 source][1 archive]
1414Ownership - Llangua was granted to the Carthusian house of Sheen. [2 sources]
c.1535Wealth - According to the Valor Ecclesiasticus the manor of Llangua was valued at £2. [2 sources][1 archive]
1539Dissolution - The Carthusian house of Sheen retained Langua and its other Welsh properties until its suppression in 1539.  [1 source]
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People associated with this site

Edmund, first earl of Lancaster (Edmund Crouchback) , lord of Monmouth (patron)

Priors of Llangua

Bibliographical sources

10 Printed sources

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1 On-line sources

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Archival sources

The National Archives, 'Exchequer King's Remembrancer: Return of benefices held by alien religious, Llandaff, S Glamorgan', (Document),

The National Archives, 'Records of the Exchequer, and its related bodies, with those of the Office of First Fruits and Tenth', (Document),f. 27

British Library, 'Sheen inventory of muniments', (Document), (View website)

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