Abbey of St. Clare
The Abbey of St. Clare was an abbey of nuns of the second order of St. Francis set up in 1293 by Edmund, earl of Lancaster, who was King Edward I’s brother (Stow). The abbey itself was on the northeast side of the Minories. It occupied five acres of land. Both the pope and the king gave the abbey special privileges: the abbey and its inhabitants were exempt from paying tenths and lived in a liberty outside the jurisdiction of the City of London, a liberty that exists to the present day (Harben).
As for the building itself, Stow mentions that it
conteyned 15. perches, and seuen foote(Stow). In 1539, the Abbey was surrendered to King Henry VIII by Dame Elizabeth Salvage, the abbess (Stow). Thereafter, the parish church of Holy Trinity, Minories occupied the site of the abbey until 1899 (Harben).
- Harben, Henry. A Dictionary of London. London: Henry Jenkins, 1918. British History Online. Reprint. Open.
- Stow, John. A Survey of London. Reprinted from the Text of 1603. Ed. Charles Lethbridge Kingsford. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908. Reprint. British History Online. Subscription. [Kingsford edition, courtesy of The Centre for Metropolitan History. Articles written 2011 or later cite from this searchable transcription. In the in-text parenthetical reference (Stow; BHO), click on BHO to go directly to the page containing the quotation or source.]
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