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Alnesbourn Priory

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Alnesbourn Priory, or Alvesbrunna, is situated near the river, between St. Clement's, in Ipswich, and Nacton, in the ancient parish of Hallowtree, now extra-parochial, and is sometimes written Alborn, Alnesburne, and Alensborne; it was a small priory of Augustine, or Black Canons, a cell to Woodbridge.

The endowment consisted of the churches of Halghetree (or Hallowtree), and Carlton St. Mary, and the manor of Alvesbourne and Nevils, in Hethel, in Norfolk; the revenues of tin's house were confirmed to the Prior and Canons, about 1280. Robert de Belsted, and Robert de Twait, occur as benefactors, in 1300.

Its history is involved in obscurity; but Albert de Neville is supposed to have been concerned in its foundation, and gave the manor of Hethel, and the advowson of Carlton St. Mary. In 1315, the Prior here was returned Lord, and it remained in tins priory till 1424, when John Duke of Norfolk, and others, purchased it and the advowson of Carlton, and 298 acres of land, of John Turnour, Prior of St. Mary, at Alvesbourne, and the convent there, for St. Giles's Hospital, in Norwich.

The valuation in Tax. Eccles. 1291, in Suffolk, in fourteen parishes, 5 8s. 9d.; Norfolk, in eight parishes, 6 10s. 0d. At the dissolution, 7 14s. 4d. In 1541, it was granted to Sir John Wingfield, as part of the possessions of Woodbridge Priory: and in the same year John Wingfield, and Dorothy his wife, are found to hold the manor, &c., of Alvesburn, in tail, by the service of a knight's fee, and 4 4s. l0d. rent. Sir Philip Broke, Bart., is the present proprietor.

County of Suffolk

Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page

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