Monument record MLI98370 - Hospital of St Mary Magdalene at Hartsholme, Lincoln


The Hospital of St Mary Magdalene or St Mary the Blessed Virgin at Hartsholme. The site was also a cell of Bardney Abbey.

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Full Description

A small religious house at Hartsholme founded in the early 12th century by Ranulf, Earl of Chester and others. Passed as a cell to Bardney Abbey before 1200 and recorded in their cartulary as a hospital. {1}{2}{3}{4} A gift of money to the house is referenced in several mid 12th century charters of Ranulf, Earl of Chester. The charters record Ranulf's granting of a silver mark to the Church of St Mary Magalen at Hartsholme. The money was to come from the Earl's mill at Bracebridge. {5} In 1311, King Edward II sent a servant to the house, to be looked after with a pension. In 1402, Laurence Allerthorpe was made master of the house. {6} A. J. White identified a medieval site on Hawhill near Swanpool in Lincoln and suggested this might be the site of this cell or hospital. Hawhill is a low lying island of higher land within what used to be an area of water and wetland associated with the Brayford. The top of the raised knoll was thickly covered with finds, with building debris and charcoal found. The finds were medieval tile and late medieval pottery together with some broken limestone including cut blocks, also animal bone with marks of butchering and shell fish, being mostly oyster and cockles. The pottery included 16th and 17th century wares indicating that the site continued in occupation in some form after the dissolution of the monasteries. {7}{8}{9} An enclosed religious house, founded in the early 12th century by Ranulf, Earl of Chester and others. It was subsequently a small monastic cell of Bardney Abbey and it also seems to have been a hospital for the poor. This monastic site is potentially of great interest as it seems to have the same character as the 'hospital' at Partney, which was also a cell of Bardney Abbey set on an 'island' site. If this parallel is valid then St Mary's Hartsholme may be a Middle Saxon church site which was given to Bardney on its re-foundation in recognition of its early status. {10}

Sources/Archives (10)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: Dorothy M. Owen. 1971. Church and Society in Medieval England. p.149.
  •  Article in Serial: Dorothy M. Owen. 1975. 'Medieval Chapels in Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. vol. 10, p.18.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: D. Knowles and R.N. Hadcock. 1971. Medieval Religious Houses: England and Wales - Second Edition. pp.325, 371.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: CLAY, R.M.. 1909. THE MEDIEVAL HOSPITALS OF ENGLAND. p.302.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Geoffrey Barraclough (ed.). 1988. Charters of the Anglo-Norman Earls of Chester, c.1071-1237. Charters 05630076 and 05630078.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. p.234.
  •  Article in Serial: A.J. White (ed.). 1981. 'Archaeology in Lincolnshire and South Humberside, 1980' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. vol.16, pp.74-5.
  •  Archive: A.J. White. 1980. Finds from fieldwalking on Hawhill, Hartsholme, Lincoln. LCNCC 1980.26.
  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. SK 97 SE: AA.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Jones, Michael, J; Stocker, D.; and Vince, A.. 2003. The City by the Pool including LARA. LARA 9.61.



Grid reference Centred SK 9518 7056 (113m by 121m)

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Record last edited

Feb 21 2023 11:17AM


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