Cockersand Abbey

Cockersand Abbey is a former abbey near Cockerham in the City of Lancaster district of Lancashire, England. It was founded before 1184 as the Hospital of St Mary on the marsh belonging to Leicester Abbey. It was refounded as a Premonstratensian priory and subsequently elevated to an abbey in 1192. It also continued as a hospital.

The abbey was dissolved in 1539 and acquired by a John Kitchen. The site is now adjacent to a farm house and the only significant relic is the still intact, vaulted chapter house which was built in 1230 and used as a family mausoleum by the Daltons of Thurnham Hall during the 18th and 19th centuries. There are some scrappy remains of the church adjacent. A tradition that the medieval choir stalls in the nearby Lancaster Priory originated from here has been discredited.Шаблон:Citation needed

The chapter house is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. In 2007 English Heritage made an £80,000 grant to the owner to help preserve the building. There is no public access to the chapter house.

Two Roman silver statuettes were discovered on Cockersand Moss near the abbey site in 1718, possibly indicating the presence of a Romano-British shrine nearby.

List of dignitaries

  • Hugh (Garth) the Hermit ‘Master of the Hospital’ (before 1184)
  • Henry (?-1190)
  • Th[omas] 'Abbas de Marisco' (1194–1199)
  • Roger 'Abbas de Marisco', 'abbas de Kokersand' (1205-6)
  • Hereward (fl. 1216-1235)
  • Richard (fl. 1240)
  • Henry (fl. 1246-1261)
  • Adam de Blake (fl. 1269-1278)
  • Thomas (fl. 1286-1288)
  • Robert of Formby (fl. 1289-1290)
  • Roger (fl. 1300)
  • Thomas (fl. 1305-1307)
  • Roger (fl. 1311-1331)
  • William of Boston (fl. 1334-1340)
  • Robert of Carleton (fl. 1347-1354)
  • Jordan of Bosedon (fl. 1354-1364)
  • Richard (fl. 1382)
  • Thomas (fl. 1386-1389)
  • William Stamford (fl. 1393)
  • Thomas of Burgh (fl. 1395-1403)
  • Thomas Green (1410-1444?)
  • Robert Egremont (1444-c. 1474)
  • William Lucas (-1477)
  • William Bowland (1477–1490)
  • John Preston (1490-1502?)
  • James Skipton (1502–1505)
  • Henry Stayning (1505–1509)
  • John Croune (1509-?)
  • George Billington (fl. 1520-1522)
  • John Bowland (fl. 1524-1527)
  • surnamed Newsham (?)
  • Gilbert Ainsworth (1531)
  • Robert Kendal (1531–1533)
  • Robert Poulton (1533-1538/9)

See also

  • Abbeys and priories in England


  • Anthony New. A Guide to the Abbeys of England And Wales, pp. 116–117. Constable.
  • Houses of Premonstratensian canons: The abbey of Cockersand, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 2 (1908), pp. 154–59.
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