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The following is a list of the monastic houses in West Yorkshire, England.

Alien houses are included, as are smaller establishments such as cells and notable monastic granges (particularly those with resident monks), and also camerae of the military orders of monks (Knights Templars and Knights Hospitaller). Monastic hospitals are included where they had the status or function of an abbey, priory, friary or preceptor/commandery.

Abbreviations and key
Status of remains
Symbol Status
None Ruins
* Current monastic function
+ Current non-monastic ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure)
^ Current non-ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure) or redundant intact structure
$ Remains limited to earthworks etc.
# No identifiable trace of the monastic foundation remains
~ Exact site of monastic foundation unknown
Identification ambiguous or confused

Locations with names in italics indicate possible duplication (misidentification with another location) or non-existent foundations (either erroneous reference or proposed foundation never implemented) or ecclesiastical establishments with a monastic name but lacking actual monastic connection.

EH English Heritage
LT Landmark Trust
NT National Trust

Alphabetic listing

Foundation Image Communities and povenance Formal name or dedication and alternative names OnLine References & Location
Arthington Priory Arthington Hall, Arthington - - 267330.jpg Cluniac nuns
founded 1154-5 by Peter de Ardington;
with regular priests or brethren 1155 to after 1318;
dissolved 1539; granted to Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury 1542/3

53°54′06″N 1°33′43″W / 53.9016976°N 1.561971°W / 53.9016976; -1.561971 (Arthington Priory)
Barwick-in-Elmete Monastery $? Saxon monastery
founded before c.730 by Abbot Thrydwulf(?) (before 636);
?destroyed 9th century;
Saxon remains in church

53°54′06″N 1°33′43″W / 53.9016976°N 1.561971°W / 53.9016976; -1.561971 (Barwick-in-Elmete Monastery (traditional site)) (traditional)
Collingham Monastery Saxon monastery
founded by Eanfled, daughter of King Edwin;
destroyed c.875; identified with Ingetlingum (before 1873 considered to be Gilling)

53°54′31″N 1°24′28″W / 53.9086929°N 1.4077842°W / 53.9086929; -1.4077842 (Collingham (Ingetlingum) Monastery)
Esholt Priory # Cistercian nuns
founded 12th century;
with regular priests or brethren to after 1318;
dissolved 1539;
site now occupied by house named 'Esholt Hall'
Esseholt Priory

53°51′11″N 1°42′53″W / 53.8529221°N 1.7146075°W / 53.8529221; -1.7146075 (Esholt Priory)
Headley Priory Benedictine monks
alien house: dependent on Marmoutier
founded before 1125, benefacted by Ypolitus de Bram, his charter dated 1125;
dissolved 1414;
granted to Holy Trinity, York
St Mary

53°51′48″N 1°19′57″W / 53.8633534°N 1.3324195°W / 53.8633534; -1.3324195 (Headley Priory)
Kirklees Priory Kirklees Priory Gatehouse, Clifton - - 177762.jpg Cistercian nuns
founded before 1138(?), grant by Reyner (Reynerus) Flandrensis (Flandersis), confirmed by his lord William de Warenne;
dissolved November 1539; granted to John Tasburgh and Nicholas Savill 1544/5
The Blessed Virgin Mary and St James
Kirkleghes Priory

53°41′42″N 1°44′12″W / 53.6950438°N 1.7365909°W / 53.6950438; -1.7365909 (Kirklees Priory)
Kirkstall Abbey KirkstallAbbey.JPG hermit community
(community founded at Barnoldswick 19 May 1147);
Cistercian monks — from Fountains (North Yorkshire) via Barnoldswick (Lancashire)
founded 20 May 1152: land granted to community from Barnoldswick by William of Poictou, at the instance of their founder Henry de Lacy;
some of the hermits joined the new foundation;
dissolved 22 November 1540;
now in ownership of Leeds Corporation,
public access to church exterior and monastic buildings

53°49′15″N 1°36′23″W / 53.8209414°N 1.6062999°W / 53.8209414; -1.6062999 (Kirkstall Abbey)
Newland Preceptory Knights Hospitaller
founded after 1199, manor granted by John;
chapel rebuilt 1519;
dissolved 1540; granted to Francis Jobson and Andrew Dudley 1546/7;
chapel demolished c.1860; possible remains of the preceptory chapel incorporated into 16th/17th century fabric in a barn

53°41′49″N 1°26′50″W / 53.6970415°N 1.4471376°W / 53.6970415; -1.4471376 (Newland Preceptory)
Nostell Priory, earlier site Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1114 by Robert de Lacy;
transferred to new site (see immediately below) before 1120
Nostell Priory # Nostell Priory by Morris (1880).jpg Augustinian Canons Regular
(community founded at earlier site (see immediately above) c.1114);
transferred here before 1120 (possibly not occupied until 1122);
dissolved 1539 (1540); granted to Thomas Leigh 1539/40;
site now occupied by a mansion named 'Nostell Priory'
The Priory Church of Saint Oswald, Nostell

53°39′19″N 1°23′00″W / 53.6553085°N 1.3833815°W / 53.6553085; -1.3833815 (Nostell Priory)
Pontefract Blackfriars # Dominican Friars (under the Visitation of York)
founded 1256 by Edmund de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln (built before 1266 by Simon Pyper);
dissolved 26 November 1538; granted to William Clifford and Michael Wildbore 1544/5
St Richard

53°41′23″N 1°18′36″W / 53.6895915°N 1.3098729°W / 53.6895915; -1.3098729 (Pontefract Blackfriars)
Pontefract Greyfriars (?) alleged Franciscan Friars;
disputed; probably mistaken for Dominican Friars
Pontefract Priory Cluniac monks
alien house: dependent on La Charité
founded c.1090 by Robert de Lacy;
became denizen: independent from 1393;
dissolved 1539; granted to William, Lord Talbot 1553
The Priory Church of Saint John of Pontefract

53°41′52″N 1°18′02″W / 53.6979022°N 1.3006434°W / 53.6979022; -1.3006434 (Pontefract Priory)
Pontefract Whitefriars (?) alleged college of Carmelite Friars
founded before 1257 (1258) by Edmund Lacy (Earl of Lincoln?);
Syningthwaite Priory $ Cistercian nuns
founded c.1160 by Bertram Haget;
apparently with brethren from c.1169 (papal bull of Alexander III 1172), until 14th century(?);
dissolved 3 August 1535;
granted to John, Earl of Warwick 1550/1;
remains incorporated into Priory Farmhouse, built on site
St Mary
Sinningthwaite Priory

53°55′56″N 1°17′55″W / 53.9322901°N 1.2985821°W / 53.9322901; -1.2985821 (Sinningthwaite Priory)
Temple Newsam Preceptory # Knights Templar
founded before 1181 (possibly initially located at Newbond), granted by William de Villiers;
dissolved 1308–12;

Wetherby Preceptory member of Ribstone;
Knights Templar
founded after 1240, apparently forming a single preceptory with Ribstone;
dissolved 1308–12;
Knights Hospitaller camera

53°55′36″N 1°23′32″W / 53.9266065°N 1.3923132°W / 53.9266065; -1.3923132 (Wetherby Preceptory(traditional site)) (traditional)
Woodkirk Priory Augustinian Canons Regular
cell, dependent on Nostell;
founded 1138-47 (before 1135) by William de Warenne and others, who granted chapel of St Mary to Nostell;
dissolved 1539 (1540); granted to George Talbot and Robert Savill
Widkirk Priory

53°43′17″N 1°35′22″W / 53.7213296°N 1.5895736°W / 53.7213296; -1.5895736 (Woodkirk Priory)
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