This is the time of Prior John Aklyff; the 'last great Prior of Coldingham'.
Increasingly the King, parliament, and local lords tried every means,
fair or foul, to take the lands back from the Church.
This seal of Prior John Aklyff shows John as the small figure.
The large figure is St Cuthbert holding the crowned head of St Oswald.
Prior John Aklyff held supreme authority over Coldinghamshire about
which he moved with a considerable retinue living in the best accommodation
and on the best food.
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