Origins of the priory
The origins of the Priory, of which this church formed part, was a college of secular canons, founded by Ingelrica in the latter part of the eleventh century. (William II 1087 – 1100).
Maud de Ingelrica, the daughter of Ingelric a rich and powerful Saxon Nobleman in Essex, was born in 1032 and it is said that in her early life she attracted the attention of William Duke of Normandy.
It seems as though he fathered her first child, William born in France, in 1050, when she was about 18 years old. Later, when King, William permitted Ingelrica to marry one Ranulph Peverel a Norman Knight whose name can be found on the roll of Battle Abbey in Sussex.