Tickford Priory

Study & Education

In addition to reading and personal education, study included copying ancient manuscripts and teaching students. Therefore, monasteries were the main centres of education and learning in the middle ages, taking the place of libraries, schools and universities.

The younger sons of rich people often entered monasteries in order to become monks, so that they could gain a good education and become academics in their adult life. Sometimes the local vicar would give the Lord of the Manor's sons tuition at home. So it is possible that John Mordaunt, Lord of the manor in Willen in 1520, was taught by monks from Tickford Priory.

Picture of monks copying out books, by D. Mynard courtesy of MK Parks Trust
The Cantor or Precentor looked after the library and scholarly work of the monks, much of which took place in the library or in the cloisters. Some religious houses were great centres of learning, but it is doubtful that very much of this went on at Tickford as there is no mention of it having a library at all!