Monument record MLI33435 - Priory of St James, Deeping St James


The small Benedictine priory of St James, Deeping St James, was a cell of Thorney Abbey.

Type and Period (3)

  • (Medieval - 1139 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1139 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Medieval - 1139 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

Full Description

In 1139, Baldwin Fitz Gilbert established the Benedictine priory of St James at Deeping as a cell of Thorney Abbey. The house was dissolved in 1539. The old house north of the church (Priory Farmhouse) is probably built on the site of priory buildings, but see Ordnance Survey card - TF 11 SW 21 - for a possible alternative site. On the south-east side of the churchyard was a priory tithe barn, though this was destroyed in 1963 and the site re-used. The barn was built of coursed rubble and had a porch. It was 90 feet long by 20 feet wide internally. Although it has been described as 13th century it was probably 15th century in origin. {1}{2}{3}{4}{5}{6} The priory area was partly excavated by the Deepings Archaeology and History Society in 1968. Finds included painted window glass. Pottery includes Bourne D ware and Lyveden ware jugs as well as a fragment of decorated tile. {7}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. TF 10 NE: 10.
  •  Article in Serial: 1861. Associated Architectural and Archaeological Societies’ Reports and Papers. vol.6, pp.XXVI-II.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. p.129.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: D. Knowles and R.N. Hadcock. 1953. Medieval Religious Houses: England and Wales - First Edition. p.64.
  •  Article in Serial: BURCHNALL C R. 1937. LINCOLNSHIRE MAGAZINE. vol.3, p.61.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1963. Monuments Threatened or Destroyed, A Select List: 1956-1962. 6.49.
  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 10 NE: E, F.



Grid reference Centred TF 1573 0963 (81m by 81m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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