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1151 About this date ownership of Ruxox (Flitwick), a chapel of ease for those a long way from church, is given to Dunstable Priory by Philip de Sanvill.(His son Gilbert disputes the gift but changes his mind when he develops leprosy).

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1205 Sir Gaufridus le Cauceis grants the Church of Bradeburn (Derbyshire) with its chapels etc., for the support of the hospice at Dunstable.044 The beginning of Roman Dunstable (Durocobrivis).Around this period, construction of the Roman road, now known as Watling Street, would have taken place.An eclipse of the sun and moon is recorded by the canons.1209 King John sends a letter granting safe conduct to those collecting alms on behalf of the Hospital. The prior documents his vision of two Jews who said Anti Christ would be born 40 years later.In return he is “to find for the prior fitting entertainment (lodgings), three times a year, if he comes with four horses, or twice a year if he comes with six horses”. Richard, canon of Merton, is made Prior of Dunstable. Fremund are brought from Oxfordshire to Dunstable Priory.

Fremund was said to have been a prince, son of the Mercian King Offa, and to have fought against the Danes.

The signature of Bernard, Dunstable's first Prior, appears this year on a document at Aldgate monastery, which looked upon Dunstable as its daughter foundation.

1130 A payment of one penny a day is authorised for a steward to look after the house (royal residence) when the King is not here.

King John demands men and arms for the country's defence. 1213 Dunstable Priory is consecrated by Hugh II, Bishop of Lincoln. The barons under the Earl of Perche, passing through the town, cause much damage.

The Prior of Dunstable brings a case against the clerics at Bradbourne and Ballindon, accusing them of being married, and puts his own canons in these churches.

1217 Itinerant justices come to Dunstable and take the people's oath of allegiance to Henry III. The prior enforces his claims of tithe of hay against many parishioners.