Augustinian Priory of the Holy Trinity

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Summary[edit | edit source]

Founded as the Priory of the Holy Trinity of Hastings c.1191[1] for the black canons[2] in the time of Richard I, either by Sir Walter Bricet[2] or by Walter de Scotney. The latter certainly gave the canons the churches of Crowhurst and Ticehurst. The site was abandoned circa 1413 owing to the encroachment of the sea (Cousins gives this date as being 1430[1]). The priory was re-established at Warbleton in 1413, lands being granted to them by Sir John Pelham. The community remained there until its dissolution in the C16th.

In 1796 a pond was drained and beneath the waters were found "enormous sluice gates and timbers of huge dimensions" believed by Cousins to be part of the Priory.[1]

The Priory Farm was established very close to the location of the main Priory buildings, the barn believed by Ross to be in the exact location[2].

Of the original Priory, some walls remain under what is now ESK (Cambridge Road) and the Priory Street carpark. Some corbels that were found during the construction of the cinema are now at Hastings Museum.[3]

Priors[edit | edit source]

Jonas [4]

Nicholas c1233 [5]

Alexander (name occurs 1280[6]-90[7])

John resigned 1300[8]

John Longe[9]

Philip before 1344[10]

William de Dene occurs 1352[11]

John Hassok resigned 1402[12]

Richard Weston elected 1402[13] resigned 1414[14]

Stephen Lewes occurs 1441[15]

John Smyth occurs 1478[16] died c1492[17]

Thomas Harmer occurs 1527[18]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hastings of Bygone Days and the Present (Henry Cousins - 1911) pg.208 ISBN: 9789332862449 ESCC Library Google Books
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Guide to Hastings & St Leonards (Thomas Ross 1835) pg.23 Google Books
  3. Hastings & St Leonards Observer 10 April 1937 pg. 13
  4. Cal. Robertsbridge Chart No. 3
  5. Assize R. 912 m.16
  6. Feet of F.Suss. file 30, No 9
  7. Cal.Robertsbridge Chart No 280
  8. Cant. Archiepis. Reg. Winchelsey, fol.137
  9. Year Bk. 18 Edw. III (Rolls Ser.)), 317
  10. Year Bk. 18 Edw. III (Rolls Ser.)), 317
  11. Assize R. 941,m.31; he had been Prior about three years
  12. Chich. Epis. Reg. Reade, fol.81
  13. Chich. Epis. Reg. Reade,fol.24
  14. Chich. Epis. Reg. Reade, fol.71
  15. Chich. Epis. Reg. Reade, Praty, fol.27
  16. ibid. Story fol.27
  17. Add. MSS. 33173 fol.10
  18. Chich. Epis. Reg. Sherborn, fol. 103