AD 955 to date
Date Event and remarks....
955 To Hyde Abbey, Winchester, the towns of Wherwell,
Andover and Clere' - Will of King Edred (946 - 955)
986 Wherwell Abbey founded by Queen Elfrida,
first Abbess. 'Benedictine Nuns to Church of Holy Cross
Wherwell'- William of Malmesbury, Chronicler.
1002 Queen Elfrida died, falling into River Test at Wherwell
King Ethelred (son of Elfrida) endowed Church, and
instituted nuns 'in the aforenamed place of Wherwell'
Abbess Haenfled, Abbess Hedda, Abbess Hoeddi
C1040 Queen Emma, wife of King Canute takes refuge at Wherwell
1051 Abbess - unnamed sister of King Edward the Confessor,
whose Queen, Eadgyth took refuge at Wherwell, when
exiled from Court.
C1080 Abbey holding of: Wherwell, Tufton, Goodworth (Clatford),
Ann, Middleton (Longparish) and Bullington.
Together the six Manors comprised The Wherwell Hundred -
Domesday Book, 1086
1141 Empress Matilda's force defeated by King Stephen crossing
the River Test at Wherwell.
1207 Abbess Matilda - Abbey granted right to hold an Annual
Fair by King John
1226+ Abbess, 'The Blessed Euphemia' rebuilt Abbey.
1227 Diverted a carrier of River Test under the Abbey
1257 Built Chapel outside cloisters
1266 Abbess and successors granted a weekly market
by King Henry III
1282 Abbess Elaine de Percy
1284 Archbishop Pechkam’s injunctions
1300 Abbess Isabella
1335 Abbess Maud Littleton
1340 Abbess Amitia Ladde
1361 Abbess Constantia de Wintreshall
1361 Abbess Joan Cotterell
1375 Abbess Cecilia Lavington
C1378 Assets of Henry Harold seized
1387 William of Wykeham’s injunctions
1412 Abbess Alice Parys
1451 Abbess Anne Quarley
1452 Abbess Alice Serk
1453 Abbess Juliana Overy
1494 Abbess Matilda Rowse
1518 Abbess Avelina (or Avetone Cowdrey)
1523 Wherwell provided 52 Archers and 118 Billmen, part of
Hampshire contingent for Henry VIII's war with France.
1529 Abbess Anne Colta or Colte
1536 Last Abbess, Morphuet Kyngesmill
1540 Monasteries dissolved - Manor lands sold to Sir Thomas
West, Lord de la Warr
1695 Manors bought by Edward Boulter, merchant of
London. Outlying Manors sold, less Goodworth Clatford
1709 Wherwell Manor bequeathed to John Fryer, Pewterer,
Alderman of London
1726 Manor left to three daughters, Bithia, Susannah and Delicia
1742 Delicia married Joshua Iremonger
1743 Other sisters bought out by Joshua Iremonger
1856 Church wrecked by fire-Church of St Peter & Holy Cross
1885 Railway carved through Wherwell
1899 Countess of Lovelace (mother of Colonel "Teddy" Jenkins)
rented Wherwell from the Iremonger family.
1914 Wherwell Priory and estate bought by Sir Ernest Cassel
1959 Wherwell Priory and estate bequeathed by Mrs Jenkins to
Priory sold on death of Marjorie, Countess of Brecknock to Mr and Mrs James Hogg.
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