TOAL was from the bridge over the River Kennet to the West of the manor gardens about 80m away, outside of the NT boundary.
King Henry I gifted lands that included the site of the present Avebury Manor to William de Tancarville, Chamberlain of Normandy and England and a close adviser to the king.
In 1114, William de Tancarville, bequeathed this land to the Benedictine Abbey of St. Georges de Boscherville near Rouen which created an English cell at Avebury and a Priory was established shortly thereafter. This was known as an ‘alien priory’ as it was controlled by the French abbot from the Abbey near Rouen.
The monks were granted freedom from the shire by Henry I and this continued under Henry II and Richard I; they were also granted permission to create a chapel in the Manor House at Avebury.
Interestingly the Benedictines never controlled the advowson (ie. the right to put forward a person as parish priest) of the Parish Church of St James which belonged to Cirencester Abbey and this created ongoing tension between the two Abbeys.
Avebury was eventually sold in 1411 to Fotheringhay College which held the lands until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid-16th century under Henry VIII.
It’s thought that the current Avebury Manor is built either on or very close to the original priory structure.
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