18 May 2008 • 1,489 views
The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
The Font at St Cross, Winchester.
The Hospital of St Cross
and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester here
Founded by Henry de Blois between 1133 and 1136 for "poor men, feeble and so reduced in strength that they can scarcely, or not at all, support themselves without other aid". The hospital was placed under the care of the Knights of St John, and the thirteen Brothers of this foundation still wear black gowns and a badge depicting the Jerusalem Cross.
Later, in the 1446, Cardinal Beaufort extended the scheme to include men of noble birth but now living in poverty. Brethren of this order wear magenta gowns.
Almsgiving is still practised in the form of the `Wayfarers Dole´. A piece of white bread and a cup of good beer or Ale may be obtained by knocking at the door of the Porters Lodge, and requesting the Dole.
St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular, the residents are called "Brothers" because they are men. 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 for more information http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm
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