25 May 2008 • 2,930 views
The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
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A beautifully carved screen, with a Latin inscription that is a little confusing to translate, that covers the entrance to the War Memorial Chapel.
I've been reading this site
where there is a discussion about the age of the decoration of the interior stonework, and how it's a little confusing even for the experts.
I assume, perhaps incorrectly, that this screen is a Victorian addition paid for in part by an anonymous donation after the charity's finances were mismanaged by Francis North. *
The events during North's time as Master of St Cross are the basis for Anthony Trollope's "The Warden", who altered them somewhat with his story telling how the beneficial and conscientious Septimus Harding is hounded by a zealous John Bold who seeks to discover the reason for the difference between Harding's personal income and the lesser amount available to the charity he maintains. In the story Harding resigns following legal advice, in truth Francis North was forced from office after a lengthy legal dispute which ultimately led to the formation of what is now the Charity Commission.
The truth is quite a fascinating story, told in detail in this research document written by James J Fishman of Pace Law School, New York, and entitled - "Charity Scandals as a Catalyst of Legal Change and Literary Imagination in Nineteenth Century England" -
(opens as adobe pdf file)
I believe this screen was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson
, a notable Victorian and Edwardian architect who studied under Sir George Gilbert Scott. - read more in Wikipedia -
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
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..