E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


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The Font at St Cross, Winchester.
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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.

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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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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


Font

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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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 (7)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 May 2008, 03:06
"Noble Poverty"...now, there is an interesting concept which probably originated in the minds of folks who were non-poor.

I like the image, Ellie.
EJWilkins: It's probably hard for us to understand the words they used then. I've added a bit more information with the picture, should have done before.

At the time that part of the charity was founded there were people of 'noble birth' who had been thrown off their land. They had nothing, and nowhere to go. I suppose the parallel today is when somebody defaults on their mortgage, their home is repossessed with little thought about what happens to them and they find it incredibly difficult to find somewhere to live.

The original charter also says, " ... one hundred other poor persons, as deserving as can be found and more indigent, shall be received at the hour of dinner..."
That doesn't happen any more, but any traveller who arrives there can still claim the "Dole" which is a cup of ale and a portion of bread.
  • Blackdog
  • Uni Library
  • 18 May 2008, 10:15
Noble poverty - sounds like the font of all knowledge. You have done a good job of getting the light on the window in what must be a dark interior.
EJWilkins: The inside is surprisingly light, but showing all the detail was a bit of a challenge. I've added a bit more information about the charity, should have taken more care really.
Noble Poverty! Is this a rich people concept?
Beautiful image. I like the clarity!
EJWilkins: In the Wall Street Crash people who suddenly found themselves with nothing threw themselves out of windows. Even now people lose their homes if they can't pay their mortgage due to increasing interest rates, they end up with nothing and find it very hard to get support because they've previously been "rich". Maybe it's the wording of the name of the charity, the concept still applies.
This is one of my favourite pictures, it took ages to get it right.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 18 May 2008, 11:28
Simple and classic,very good Ellie
  • Astrid
  • Texel....on vacation...
  • 18 May 2008, 16:25
Ellie, I am touched by the simple beauty of this picture, I don't mean this is a simple picture, the colours are so beautiful, the window so colourful, yes, Noble Poverty, indeed.
(Ellie, sometimes it is very difficult to express in the right words what I mean, I love, just love this picture)
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 18 May 2008, 19:33
I know what Astrid is saying, sometimes you just like a picture. this is nice and a great bit of history too. Nice work
A nice gentle picture Ellie, plenty of detail, even in the shadows, and you have done quite well keeping the window colours as well.

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