E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


The
Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester – here –
…..

Built in 1136 on the instruction of Bishop of Winchester Henry of Blois, grandson to William the Conqueror, St Cross is England's oldest charitable institution, providing a home for up to twenty five men. 

Because the Hospital was given into the care of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, St Cross was where crusader knights spent their last night in England, prior to sailing from Southampton.
.....

The information with this, my fifth picture of St Cross, is taken from the Project Gutenberg ebook of Winchester by Sidney Heath. It's packed with astonishing details not only of St Cross but also about the history of Winchester and makes fascinating reading

http://infomotions.com/etexts/gutenberg/dirs/1/5/7/0/15706/15706.htm

" … On the eastern side (of the quadrangle) is the Infirmary, with the Ambulatory beneath it, a long, low cloister of sixteenth-century date, which extends along the whole side to the church. In one of the rooms above, a window opens into the church, where there may once have been a gallery to enable the infirm to hear the services. In 1763 Bishop Hoadley granted a license to the Master to pull down the cloister and use the materials for other purposes, but fortunately this was never done. …"

and

" …it is the church which has the greatest attraction for architect and antiquary alike, for it contains good examples of every style. From Romanesque, through Norman and Early English, to Later Decorated, and to Transition Norman, the church is considered to be the best example in existence. This building, unfinished after nearly two hundred years, was roofed with lead, in place of the thatch which originally covered it, by William of Edyndon, the famous Wiltshireman who became Master of St. Cross in the fourteenth century  …"
…..

St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular, the residents are lay-people drawn from the community. It receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on day-to-day donations. If you would like to offer financial support please look here  http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm for more information.

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If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
.....

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The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


The
Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester – here –
…..

Built in 1136 on the instruction of Bishop of Winchester Henry of Blois, grandson to William the Conqueror, St Cross is England's oldest charitable institution, providing a home for up to twenty five men. 

Because the Hospital was given into the care of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, St Cross was where crusader knights spent their last night in England, prior to sailing from Southampton.
.....

The information with this, my fifth picture of St Cross, is taken from the Project Gutenberg ebook of Winchester by Sidney Heath. It's packed with astonishing details not only of St Cross but also about the history of Winchester and makes fascinating reading

http://infomotions.com/etexts/gutenberg/dirs/1/5/7/0/15706/15706.htm

" … On the eastern side (of the quadrangle) is the Infirmary, with the Ambulatory beneath it, a long, low cloister of sixteenth-century date, which extends along the whole side to the church. In one of the rooms above, a window opens into the church, where there may once have been a gallery to enable the infirm to hear the services. In 1763 Bishop Hoadley granted a license to the Master to pull down the cloister and use the materials for other purposes, but fortunately this was never done. …"

and

" …it is the church which has the greatest attraction for architect and antiquary alike, for it contains good examples of every style. From Romanesque, through Norman and Early English, to Later Decorated, and to Transition Norman, the church is considered to be the best example in existence. This building, unfinished after nearly two hundred years, was roofed with lead, in place of the thatch which originally covered it, by William of Edyndon, the famous Wiltshireman who became Master of St. Cross in the fourteenth century  …"
…..

St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular, the residents are lay-people drawn from the community. It receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on day-to-day donations. If you would like to offer financial support please look here  http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm for more information.

.....
If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
.....

.

comments (10)

Made it first, yes !!!!! I have to admit this is the first time I haven't read all of your wonderful research El as I wanted to the first to comment so I'll go back to catch up, I do like the comp here.

J
That looks remarkably Gothic for something this old. Very fashion forward of those early Brits smile
What a wonderful old building.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Jul 2007, 09:10
And yes, I see the clock! smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 12 Jul 2007, 10:07
another fine elliepedia post. no wonder things are a little busy. I am flat out typing a couple of lines. sorry must go lay down.
very good composition
  • Saratu
  • Aberdeen
  • 12 Jul 2007, 16:12
nice....
Lovely very calming
  • Louis
  • 12 Jul 2007, 19:08
The clock, yes the clock smile

Great shot Ellie. Cloisters building must have been cold in winter.
It is possible to be appreciated that in the restoration of the tile roof they have not considered the history of the building! smile

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