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Event detail for site: Llangua

c. 1291: Wealth

The Taxatio of Nicholas IV refers to the church of Llangua, held by the procurator of Lyre for 10s.

According to this survey Llangua had 480 acres of arable lands; its spiritualities and temporalities were assessed at £10 12s and the prior of the house received £1 annually from the assized rents of Abergavenny.
However, these figures give ‘a relative index of monastic prosperity’ [Graham] and are not indicative of the priory’s income, since the lands and churches were assessed at the lowest possible figure they could be let to farm.

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Taxatio Ecclesiastica Anglia et Walliae authoritate Papae Nicholai IV c. 1291, ed. T. Astle, S. Ayscough and J. Caley (London, 1802) p. 278

Cowley, F. G., The Monastic Order in South Wales 1066-1349 (Cardiff, 1977) pp. 96, 273, 274

Graham, Rose, 'The taxation of Pope Nicholas IVth', Engish Historical Review, 23 (1908) pp. 434-454

Hockey, S. F., 'Llangua, alien priory of Lyre', Journal of the Historical Society of the Church in Wales, 27 (1990) p. 11

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Other 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 sources]
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 sources][1 archives]
c.1337Custody - During the Hundred Years War, the Crown took control of Lyre’s properties. [1 sources][1 archives]
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 archives]
1539Dissolution - The Carthusian house of Sheen retained Langua and its other Welsh properties until its suppression in 1539.  [1 sources]