It is commonly represented that the endowment was wholly derived from alien priories bought by Chicheley from the crown.
The only alien priories granted were Abberbury in Oxfordshire, Wedon Pinkney in Northamptonshire, Romney in Kent, and St Clare and Llangenith in Wales, all very small affairs, single manors and rectories, and these did not form a quarter of the whole endowment.
On the 5th of March 1440-1441, the king endowed the college out of alien priories with some scpc, a year, almost exactly the amount of the original endowment of Winchester.
All bishoprics, abbeys and priories were in the royal nomination, the canonical institution belonging to the pope.
They were frequently regular "priories," but sometimes only "cells," and even "granges," with small chapels attached.