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Handale Priory

Hob Uid: 29026
Location :
Redcar And Cleveland
Redcar And Cleveland
Loftus
Grid Ref : NZ7252015660
Summary : Cistercian nunnery founded 1133 dissolved 1539. Only a fishpond survives as an earthwork. Inhumations, stone coffin, a stone cross base and a sword were found on the site in 1830.
More information : NZ 72521566 Site of (NAT) Priory (NR) (cistercian founded 1133) (NAT) (1)

St Mary's Priory at Handale (or Grendale) was founded in 1133, probably for Benedictine nuns, but became a Cistercian nunnery before 1504. Dissolved in 1539. (2)

Sixteen skeletons, a stone coffin and a 5 ft sword were found on the site in 1830. The pedestal of a stone cross or font is preserved at the farmhouse and the stone coffin lid is now built into an outhouse. (3)

There are no visible remains of the priory apart from a dry fishpond at NZ 72521561 and a stone coffin-lid and pedestal at NZ 72511567. Several walls contain re-used stone, but none can be considered to be part of the original Priory buildings.

Surveyed at 1:2500. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10 000 1974
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Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Source : Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Object Name Book reference
Source details : Rev ONB 1928 22
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ECW 09-JUN-66
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1539
Monument Start Date : 1139
Monument Type : Cistercian Nunnery, Priory, Fishpond, Inhumation, Coffin, Cross
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork, Find
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Fishpond
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Period : Medieval
Component Monument Type : Cistercian Nunnery, Priory, Fishpond, Inhumation, Coffin, Cross
Object Type : SWORD
Object Material :

Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : NZ 71 NW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1493019
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON NZ 71 NW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1966-06-09
End Date : 1966-06-09