The house was founded in 1185 by Theobald, grandson of Theobald de Valognes, Lord of Parham. By 1291 the Priory had possession of thirty two Norfolk parishes and held an annual three-day All Hallows fair at Hacheston in Suffolk, close to the founders' estate at Parham.
The Plague killed all but two of its brethren and the house never fully recovered, being cited repeatedly thereafter by episcopal authorities for deteriorated buildings and lax observance by the canons.
The Visitations by the Bishops of Norwich shed some light on the Priory's last years.
The Priory acknowledged the king's supremacy on 4 June 1534. The Valor of 1535 gave its value as £100 with their most valuable possession being the nearby manor of Hickling. The house was dissolved in 1536.
- "Houses of Austin canons: The Priory of Hickling". British History Online. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- R. Mortimer, 'The Family of Rannulf de Glanville', Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research 54 (1981), pp. 1-16, at pp. 7-9.
- 'The Valognes Fee', in W. Farrer and C.T. Clay, Early Yorkshire Charters, Vol. 5: The Honour of Richmond, Part 2 (reprint), (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 234-37 (Google).
- For texts of foundation charters, see W. Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum, New Edition, Vol. 6 part 1 (James Bohn, London 1846), pp. 475-76 (Google).
- T.D. Hardy (ed.), Rotuli Litterarum Clausarum Vol. II: MCCXXIV-MCCXXVII (Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1844), p. 157b (Mecklenburg Verpommern). Correctly "Hacheston", not "Hasketon" as in V.C.H.
- A. Jessopp (ed.), Visitations of the Diocese of Norwich, A.D. 1492-1532, Camden Society New Series XLIII (1888), pp. 25-27 (1492), 125 (1514), 173-74 (1520), 211-13 (1526), & 277-78 (1532) (Internet Archive).
- "Hickling Priory". English Heritage. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
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