Built in 1136 on the instruction of Bishop of Winchester Henry of Blois, grandson to William the Conqueror, St Cross is
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
The information with this, my fifth picture of St Cross, is taken from the Project Gutenberg ebook of
" … 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. …"
" …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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