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Baxterwood Priory
Monastery information
Order Benedictine
Established 12th Century
Disestablished 1538
Diocese Diocese of York
Important associated figures Henry Pudsey
Location Haswell, County Durham, England
Visible remains None
Haswell Grange
Type Private Residence
Location Haswell
Built Medieval
Demolished 18th Century
Elemore Grange
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Modern-day Elemore Grange
Type Private Residence
Location Haswell
Built 18th Century

Baxterwood Priory was a Benedictine monastery originally founded at Haswell, County Durham, England, and later at Baxterwood, with the monastic farm becoming the private residence of Haswell Grange (later demolished) and Elemore Grange since the 18th Century.

Relocation and Re-Endowment

The monastery was originally founded as "The Church of St Mary of Haswell" by Henry Pudsey, a son of Bishop Pudsey, in the latter part of the 12th century. Two vills, Wingate and Haswell, were also conferred, probably, on the Canons of Gisburn. However, a better situation for a monastery was found at Baxterwood, possibly in 1196.

A second establishment was known as the "New Place upon the Browney" and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with Stephen as the Superintendent of the newly founded Augustinian Priory. It was later appropriated by the nearby Benedictine monks of Durham Cathedral and became a Benedictine Priory, its lands and vills being conferred on Finchale Priory. It was very close to the site of the Battle of Neville's Cross on 17 October 1346 and on the Battle site map along with Arbour House some way to the north.

Haswell Grange

Haswell Grange was a Bendictine grange established on the site of the intended Augustinian Baxterwood monastery. The Grange was in use until the Dissolution of the Monasteries when it was sold. It was sold to the Newcastle merchant and politician Bertram Anderson (1505–71).

Elemore Grange

Haswell Grange was later demolished and the present Elemore Grange is believed to have been built on the same site during the later 18th century.

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