Monday 16 October 2023

Priories (7) : Sandwell

A Benedictine priory at Sandwell, in what is now the West Midlands, was founded in the 12th century by William, son of Guy de Offendi. The priory was built next to the well which gives Sandwell it's name. A house of monks was set up dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. A hermitage is thought to have occupied the site before the priory was built.

The priory was not well run and was beset by mismanagement though obtained land and buildings as far afield as Shropshire and Buckinghamshire. The priory was dissolved on the order of Cardinal Wolsey in 1625, years before the Dissolution of the Monastries under King Henry VIII. Only the base remains of the priory buildings' walls now remain.