Monument record MLI30283 - Hough Priory


Hough Priory

Type and Period (3)

  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

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Full Description

Dependent on the Augustinian Abbey of Notre Dame du Voeu Cherburg, the priory at Hough was founded about 1164 and dissolved in 1414. It was a cell for a prior and chaplain but the latter was withdrawn in the early 14th century. After its suppression it was granted to Mount Grace Priory, Osmotherly, North Yorkshire. {1} The manor was granted in about 1164 by Henry II to the Abbey of Notre-Dame-du-Voeu at Cherbourg which had been founded by his mother the Empress Matilda after 1145. The cell was for a prior and companion chaplain, the latter being withdrawn in the early fourteenth century. The revenue in 1388 was over 38 pounds and the cell was granted to Mountgrace in 1432. {2}{3}{4} Earthworks on the site were surveyed in 1992 and there was some limited excavation. A fishpond, house platform, remains of a wall with rectangular limestone blocks and boundary ditches were all identified by the survey. {5} A resistivity survey and a series of excavations were carried out at the site between 1995-1998 by Grantham Archaeology Group. Several features including a path, drains, a platform, a rubble wall and a building were recorded, but none of these features have been dated, nor is it clear whether they are associated with the priory. {6} Earthwork enclosures that are part of this site were recorded from aerial photographs by the National Mapping Programme. The enclosures were interpreted as medieval features. {7}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SK 94 NW: 12.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: D. Knowles and R.N. Hadcock. 1971. Medieval Religious Houses: England and Wales - Second Edition. p.181.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Sir William Dugdale. 1817-30. Monasticon Anglicanum: a History of the Abbeys and other Monasteries, Hospitals, Friaries, and Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, with their Dependencies, in England and Wales. -.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. vol.2, pp.242-3.
  •  Report: Grantham Archaeology Group. 1995. A Study of the Earthworks at Hall Close, Hough on the Hill. -.
  •  Unpublished Document: Grantham Archaeology Group. 1999. Hough on the Hill: A Study of the Earthworks etc at the Hall Close site. HHX1, HHX 2.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. SK9246: LI.742.9.5.



Grid reference Centred SK 9245 4624 (308m by 267m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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