Monument record MLI30096 - Newbo Abbey, north of A52, Barrowby/Sedgebrook


Newbo Abbey, north of A52, Barrowby/Sedgebrook

Type and Period (7)

  • (Medieval - 1198 AD to 1536 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1198 AD? to 1536 AD?)
  • (Medieval - 1198 AD to 1536 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1198 AD to 1536 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1198 AD? to 1536 AD?)
  • (Medieval - 1198 AD? to 1536 AD?)
  • (Medieval - 1198 AD to 1536 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Premonstratensian abbey of Newbo, a daughter house of Newsham Abbey, was founded in 1198 AD by Richard de Malebisse in honour of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary. The original endowment of the abbey included the vill of Newbo, the church of Acaster Malbis, Yorkshire, and one third of that of Kneeton, Nottinghamshire. The church of Allington was also claimed at the beginning of the 13th century, of the gift of Henry Bisset, but this had to be quit-claimed to the prior of Thurgarton. The advowson of Northorpe was granted in 1379 by John de Warrop, the canon of Lincoln, as well as lands in Gonerby, Allington and Casthorpe. The number of canons may never have risen above the original thirteen, and the abbey's temporal income in 1291 was less than £14. There were nine canons in 1377, six in 1381, and thirteen in the period 1475-78 and in 1500. In 1534, the clear revenue of the house was £71 8s 11d. The abbey was dissolved before Michaelmas 1536. At the time of the suppression, there were eight canons, including the abbot and a novice. In 1401, the abbey was almost depopulated by pestilence and poverty. The difficulty in filling the vacant places led to the granting of a licence in the same year to admit twelve canons regular of the Order who were willing to transfer to Newbo for life or until more novices came. A further licence was granted allowing the abbey to admit novices who would normally have been refused entry, such that by the end of the century, the abbey had recovered. {1}{2}{3}{4} Dressed stone has been found, including part of a column capital and a possible part of a latrine. Two joining sherds of glazed pottery depicting a 'man-leopard' have also been found. During the 1920s the site was excavated by the then Duke of Rutland, who reportedly found burials in stone coffins, and a recumbent effigy of probably the first abbot thought to date to about 1200; these finds were removed to Belvoir Castle. An octagonal decorated bowl with drain holes, thought to be a piscina, was situated on a rockery at SK 8585 3774 in 1965 (see PRN 35472). {5}{6}{7}{8} Aerial photographs show the abbey site as cropmarks, although banks and ditches were still in evidence in 1952 prior to the site being ploughed. {9}{10}{11}

Sources/Archives (11)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. pp.207-9.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Taggart, Reverend Hugh Selwyn. 1928. The history of Sedgebrook and its parish church of S Lawrence. Sedgebrook. p.14.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: D. Knowles and R.N. Hadcock. 1971. Medieval Religious Houses: England and Wales - Second Edition. pp.184, 190.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: KINGS SCHOOL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY. 1969. Barrowby: A guide to the archaeology of the parish. Barrowby Guide: md6.
  •  Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1825. 1 Inch Map - First Edition. 1:63360. SK 83 NE Barrowby.
  •  Index: SMR FILE. BARROWBY. SK 83 NE:S.
  •  Index: OS CARD INDEX. BARROWBY. SK 83 NE:6.
  •  Unpublished Document: Bond, Mr L and Willard, C P. 1952. Newbo Abbey letters and references. Barrowby Parish File.
  •  Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. AWW89, 1969.
  •  Aerial Photograph: J.K.S. St Joseph. 1945-79. Cambridge University Collection. NR 1 & 2, 1954; OW 38-40, 1954.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. SK 83 NE: LI.721.17.1-4.



Grid reference Centred SK 8618 3794 (312m by 445m) Approximate

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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