NameAnne of Gayterley , 12376
Death1559, Gatterley, Richmond, YKS
‘The following pensions were assigned at the Dissolution to the prioress and nuns of Marrick, 15th Sept., 31 Hen. VIII : Dame Anne Ledeman, 26s. 8d. ...’ (Marshal-General Plantagenet-Harrison, H.K.G., The History of Yorkshire, London & Aylesbury, 1879, Vol. I The Wapentake of Gilling West, p. 220)
From the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds District Archives 9 Nov. 1998, enclosing a photocopy of the page of a book subtitled “Archdeaconry of Richmond”, p. 143, no. CXX. ANNE LADEMAN OF GAYTERLEY. INVENTORY, 11 March 1559. Imprimis, a basing with an ewer, ij s. viij d. - iij. candelsticks, xvj d. - iil. potigers and a salser, xiiij d. - a brasse pott and a fyer chawfer, ij s. iiij d. - a mortar of brasse with a pestell, xij d. - ij kettells and ij pannes, iiij s. - a spete, ij. cobyerones, a roasting yeron and a recking croke, ij s. iiij d. - il chists, xij d. - one lyttell goblet of silver, xxxvj s. - v. silver spoones, xvj s. viij d. - iiij lyttall ryngs of silver with a gymmer of golde, ij s. vj d. - one crusyfixe of silver, ij s. - one paire of almes beads with a lyttell crusyfixe of silver, ij s. - one paire of geate beads with lyttil beads of currell, xvj d. - ij peces of velvett, xvj d. - viij vailes, iij s. iiij d. - money, viij s. - one olde ryall of gold, xv s. - iiij quyssings and a counter clothe, ij s. - a fether bed, ij materesses, one covering, ij coverletts, iij blanketts, iij codds and one paire of shetes, xxiiij s. x d. - iiij gowenes, iiij kyrtells and a cloke, xxxiij s. iiij d. - one hoode of course saye, xvj d. - in nappary ware, xxx s. viij d. - a smale gyrdell of velvett with a heade and a pendent of silver, and gilted, xvj d. Summa ix li. xvij s. x d. Debts that is owen to her. The executors of Doctor Daykins,....
Apparently a member of of one of the Richmondshire nunneries, who had carried her treasures away with her into retirement. The money owing to her by the executors of Dr. Dakins is probably a part of her yearly pension (I have only been able to find one Will by a Dakins – 1548 - that fits the dates and county, but there is no mention of a Laidman/Lademan in it). In Anne’s Will, dated 27th November 1559, she leaves everything she has to Thomas Smythson, at whose house she was in all probability residing. In spite of the dearth of Wills, the Dakins family seem to have been local worthies: Lady Margaret Hoby, who wrote one of the earliest English diaries (1599-1605), was the daughter of Arthur Dakins and his wife Thomasin, of Linton.
I have had sight of a book (but failed to record it) in which Anne Lademan was quoted as a typical beneficiary of a pension resulting from the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538. This was the case for 5000 monks, 1600 friars and 2000 nuns, all of whom were apparently given reasonable pensions.
The medieval nunnery at Marrick near Richmond in North Yorkshire was founded by Roger de Aske in about 1154. Marrick Priory is about 15 kilometres southeast of Bowes, in Swaledale, west of Richmond. It was used by Benedictine sisters, and is now a diocesan youth centre. The church looks complete but, though the tower is that originally built back in the 13th century, the rest was re-erected in 1811. Ruins of the medieval chancel survive to the east, including 14th century window tracery and a sedilia.
In 1530, barely six years before Henry VIII's suppression of the monasteries began, Christabella Cowper became the last Prioress of Marrick. A rental initiated by Christabella in 1533 summarises the Priory's substantial income.
The surrender of the Priory and its property to the Crown was delayed by the Pilgrimage of Grace until 1540, as evinced by the start of Dame Anne Ledeman’s pension. A power of attorney dated 20 March 1538 (surviving as a later copy) leaves no doubt about the religious community's own view of the dissolution. It opens: 'Be it openly known to all men by these presents that we the convent of Marrick of the order of St Benedict within the statute of suppression by authority of parliament being notoriously constituted & known …'
The main beneficiary of the surrender of the Priory was to be John Uvedale, one of the two commissioners who supervised its closure. Uvedale had first come to prominence in 1488 when he provided transportation for the royal household and was entrusted with provisioning the army at Flodden in 1513. He prospered in an exchequer post, Clerk of the Pells, and in 1529 his speculative business ventures extended to obtaining leases of coal, iron and lead mines in various parts of the country.
‘Gayterley’, where Ann Lademan died, is possibly High Gaterley, in the parish of Middleton Tyas, wapentake of Gilling East; 5 miles ENE. of Richmond, some seven kilometres from Marrick Priory.