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Monument Number 65749

Hob Uid: 65749
Location :
North Yorkshire
Grid Ref : SE9600090000
Summary : Nunnery and probable house founded in 680 by St Hilda and possibly destroyed by the Danes by 870.
More information : An early nunnery was built at Hackness (Hacanos) by St Hilda in 680 according to Bede and was probably destroyed during the Danish raids of 867-69 AD. Bede's special mention of the 'dormiturium sororum' may imply that there was also men at the convent, possibly a resident chaplain and lay brothers. (1) Rigold listed Hackness in his article on 'Double Minsters', a term he describes as "a modern name for an institution of the Merovingian age - a community of both sexes, each living under some sort of rule, with the abbess of the female half as president of the whole". (see SE 99 SE 26 for AS cross fragments and SE 99 SE 56 for AS carved stone, which are probably associated with this site). (1-3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : The Yorkshire archaeological journal
Source details : A Hamilton Thompson
Page(s) : 388-9
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Vol(s) : 27, 1924
Source Number : 1a
Source details : Hist Eccles Gentis Anglorum IV xxi [xxiii] Bede
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Source Number : 2
Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Page(s) : 474
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Source Number : 3
Source : Journal of the British Archaeological Association
Source details : S E Rigold
Page(s) : 26,34,37
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Vol(s) : 31, 1968

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Extant
Monument End Date : 870
Monument Start Date : 680
Monument Type : Nunnery, Double House
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 99 SE 25
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