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Arden Priory

Hob Uid: 57654
Location :
North Yorkshire
Grid Ref : SE5194090800
Summary : Benedictine nunnery founded circa 1147, lay brothers also documented. The Priory was dissolved in 1536.
More information : (SE 51969061) Arden Hall on site of (NAT)
St Andrew's Priory (NR) (Benedictine Nuns)
(SE 51949080) Nun's Well (NR). (1)

The Priory of St Andrew was founded by Peter de Hoton (Hutton) probably before 1147 for Benedictine nuns although lay brothers are recorded until 1306. At the suppression in August 1536 there were six sisters, apparently not including the prioress and an aged sister, with sixteen servants etc. (2)

The only remains of the Priory at Arden Hall is an old chimney, and a circular basin of stonework called the Nun's Well. In the pavement of the yard are the lids of two stone coffins. (3)

Arden Hall 18th cent alterations and additions to Priory buildings, which are mostly rebuilt. Grade II. (4)

Arden Hall is not outstanding. Within the hall the old chimney, which is the only remains of the priory, can still be seen rising through three floors.

Nun's Well is a free flowing spring issuing from a hillside into a circular stone basin 2.4m in diameter and 0.4m deep.

There are no traces of the coffin lids nor is there any local
knowledge of them. See photos of Arden Hall and Nun's Well. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 25" 1893
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Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Source details : York & the N Riding 1859 2 684 (T Whellan)
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE(HHR) Helmsley RD Dec 1948 2
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHP 22-OCT-73
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1536
Monument Start Date : 1147
Monument Type : Benedictine Nunnery, Priory, Spring, Structure
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1899
Monument Start Date : 1800
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 55608
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 59 SW 21
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 59 SW 21
Start Date : 1973-10-22
End Date : 1973-10-22