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Selborne Priory

Selborne Priory
Monastery information
Full name Priory of St Mary, Selborne
Order Augustinian canons
Established 1233
Disestablished 1485
Founder(s) Peter des Roches
Location Selborne, Hampshire, England

51°06′14″N 0°55′21″W / 51.10393°N 0.92261°W / 51.10393; -0.92261Coordinates: 51°06′14″N 0°55′21″W / 51.10393°N 0.92261°W / 51.10393; -0.92261

Visible remains some earthworks
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Selborne Priory was a priory of Augustinian canons in Selborne, Hampshire, England.


The priory was founded in 1233 by Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester. The bishop initially endowed the priory with lands obtained by gift from James de Acangre, James de Norton, and King Henry III. The canons had the manor of Selborne with all its privileges and the churches of Selborne, Basing and Basingstoke. The foundation was confirmed by Pope Gregory IX in September, 1235

13th to 15th centuries

The house acquired numerous small endowments over the years, but also various obligations such as the upkeep of the vicarages of the various churches. The original foundation was for fourteen canons but by the mid fifteenth century this number had fallen to just four and the priory was in serious debt.


On 21 April 1478 the general chapter of the Augustinian Order authorised a visitation by the priors of Breamore and Tortington. And on 2 September 1484 Bishop Waynflete appointed a commission for the annexing of the priory to Magdalen College, Oxford. The evidence given to the commission showed that there were no canons in residence and the buildings were dilapidated. The decree of annexation was pronounced on 11 September 1484 and confirmed in 1485.


After the suppression a chantry priest was maintained by the college at Selborne, to celebrate masses for the benefactors and founders of both college and priory. The muniments of the priory were transferred to the college and kept in the Founder's Tower.

Present day

No visible remains of the buildings can be seen above ground. Archaeological investigations were carried out in the 1960s and 1970s finding the remains of the church, cloister and other buildings. The surviving muniments are one of the most complete sets for any religious house in the country.


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  • The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd, 1967

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