09 Jul 2007 • 1,057 views
The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
The Hospital of St Cross
and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester – here –
There will be more pictures throughout this week, and hopefully enough information as well.
This view, taken from the nearby fields, shows the Church, the gatehouse and the end gable of the Brothers' quarters, which are behind the tree on the left. Over to the right you can see a stone wall, this continues right round the Hospital, enclosing the churchyard and gardens, as well as the private gardens of the twenty five resident Brothers. Between the church and the Brothers quarters there are iron railings and a gate which is opened for admission to church services.
The Transitional Norman Church is all that is left of the original Hospital, which was founded in 1135 on the instructions of Henry of Blois, grandson of William the Conqueror and then Bishop of Winchester, to provide a home for thirteen poor men. Stone was brought from Caen (in Normandy), the same as used for the Tower of London, and also from the Isle of Wight and Dorset. Flint infill was sourced from local chalk pits.
The other buildings were erected in the fifteenth century by Cardinal Henry Beaufort, who extended the charity to an additional twelve men. The buildings remain largely untouched to this day.
St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular. 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 like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.