Monastic Wales.

Event detail for site: Penmon

c. 1220: Foundation

Penmon, like other important 'clasau' in Northern Wales, was reorganised as an Augustinian foundation.

There is some confusion as to when exactly the priory became Augustinian but its establishment is associated with Llywelyn ab Iorwerth (d. 1240) who, c. 1221 but certainly before 1237, endowed the Augustinian house.

People associated with this event

Llywelyn ab Iorwerth; Llywelyn Fawr , prince of Gwynedd (patron)

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Stöber, Karen, 'The Regular Canons in Wales', in The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles, Medieval Church Studies, 19 (Brepols: Turnhout, 2011), pp. 97-113

Other events in the history of this site

c.1220Foundation - Penmon, like other important 'clasau' in Northern Wales, was reorganised as an Augustinian foundation.  [1 sources]
1221Grant - The canons of Puffin Island acquired ownership of an onshore site at Penmon.  [2 sources]
1229Confirmation - Dafydd ap Llywelyn confirmed his father's charter of 1221. [2 sources]
1238Confirmation - Dafydd ap Llywelyn confirmed once more his father's charter. [1 sources]
1247 Confirmation - Additional confirmations were made by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and his brother, Owain. [2 sources]
1258Abbot as witness - The prior of Penmon, along with the prior of Beddgelert and the abbots of Bardsey and Aberconwy, witnessed Llywelyn’s charter pledging his protection to Maredudd ap Rhys, in return for the latter’s homage. [1 sources]
1282Destruction - The priory suffered during the Edwardian wars and was burned; the community received £46 compensation. [1 sources]
1381Clerical poll tax - Payments required from the community. [1 sources][1 archives]
c.1400Government of house - There was a change in the government of the priory which was now presided over by English priors who had burgesses in Beaumaris town. [1 sources]
1504Visitation - The visitation records of William Warham, archbishop of Canterbury, record the incontinence of Prior John Ingram of Penmon and two of the canons.  [2 sources][1 archives]
1509Fine - The prior of Penmon was fined 10s for failing to attend the Augustinian General Chapter at Leicester. [1 sources]
c.1535Wealth - The Valor Ecclesiasticus estimated the priory's income at just over £40, making it one of the poorest religious houses in Wales. [2 sources][1 archives]
1536 Request - Sir Richard Bulkeley wrote to Thomas Cromwell on Prior John of Penmon's behalf. [2 sources]
c.1537Dissolution - The house was dissolved under the Act of 1536, but no date is given. [2 sources]