Site of Warmington Priory

Description of this historic site

The site of Warmington Priory, a religious house dating to the Medieval period. Archaeological work uncovered building foundations. The site is 100m north east of St Michael's Church.

Notes about this historic site

1 Henry Newburg, Earl of Warwick in the time of Henry I (1100-1135) gave his lands in Warmington (except the hamlets), to the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter’s, Preaux, in the diocese of Lisieux. The monks of Preaux are said to have built a cell of the priory here, and sent over some of their number to occupy it. Their religious house, according to the tradition of the inhabitants in the days of Dugdale, stood about the middle of the town. Even if the tradition of Warmington having been a priory is correct, it is clear that this cell was in the 14th century under the control of that of Toft Monks, Norfolk, which also belonged to the Abbey of Preaux. After the dissolution of the Alien priories Warmington was granted by Henry VI (1428) to the Carthusians of Wisham, Somerset.
2 During building work the site of the Priory was examined by staff of Warwick Museum. The establishment was never very large, possibly consisting only of a prior and one or two monks and it is unlikely that a church was ever built. The monks probably used the chancel of the nearby church. The excavation revealed a series of walls dating to the 14th century and 15th century. The walls were of local stone and the roofs partly of tile and partly of stone slates. Decorated tiles were used on the ridge of the roof. The floors were of cobbles and rammed earth. The excavations also revealed a Late Medieval garderobe, probably similar to one in the parish church.
5 Plans.
6 Drawings of louvres.
7 Medieval history of the Priory.

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