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AT S. CROSS, ONE OF ENGLAND'S FINEST ALMSHOUSES, AND CHADDESLEY CORBETT

AT S. CROSS, ONE OF ENGLAND'S FINEST ALMSHOUSES, AND CHADDESLEY CORBETT

Just outside Winchester and approached from the Southampton Road, the great Hospital of S. Cross is an unspoiled piece of medievalism. In the gateway which leads to the court (left) is a buttery hatch at which anyone may, for the asking, still receive a piece of bread upon a wooden platter and a horn of ale. Bishop Henry de Blois founded S. Cross in 1136 to house thirteen poor men and provide one hundred others daily with dinner. Cardinal Beaufort augmented the foundation by providing for "noblemen or members of our family" who might come to poverty. The brethren of the latter foundation wear red gowns and the former black. The right-hand photograph shows the almshouse at Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire

Other pictures from Haunts of Ancient Peace


JACOBEAN QUADRANGLE OF THE HOSPITAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY AT GUILDFORD

BROTHERS' DINING HALL AT S. CROSS, WINCHESTER

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