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ST CROSS

 

 

Nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen and in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill lies the ancient Hospital of St Cross. Reknowned for the tranquillity of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, the Hospital is one of England’s oldest continuing almshouses.

These fine medieval buildings have provided food and shelter for hundreds of years. The principal activity of the Hospital continues to be the provision of individual, private apartments for a living community of about twenty-five elderly men. Known as ‘Brothers’ they wear black or red gowns and a trencher hat for daily church and other formal occasions.

ST CROSS

 

 

Nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen and in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill lies the ancient Hospital of St Cross. Reknowned for the tranquillity of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, the Hospital is one of England’s oldest continuing almshouses.

These fine medieval buildings have provided food and shelter for hundreds of years. The principal activity of the Hospital continues to be the provision of individual, private apartments for a living community of about twenty-five elderly men. Known as ‘Brothers’ they wear black or red gowns and a trencher hat for daily church and other formal occasions.

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 28 May 2017, 00:40
This is exquisitely composed, Chris.


I suppose travelers could get a cup of hot tea and a crust of bread if they knocked at the main gate?
Chris: You can still get what is known as the "wayfarer's dole" there Ray. This is beer and bread, all free..
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 May 2017, 02:43
This is a wonderful place to visit.

I had the privilege to do so last October.
Chris: Gorgeous isn't it CherryPie, those inhabitants must have a wonderful & dignified life
I really liked the image as soon as it opened...
then I read your description - and now I like it even more.
Chris: This is a wonderful and unique place
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 May 2017, 06:43
I like very much reading your interesting description - yes, the almshouses - and I saw many of them in England and in Netherlands - are a wonderful caritative - social institution - I remember that 'brothers' spent/spend also beer here. In Wells we had some contact with a lady in the almshouses nr. St. Cuthbert.
Chris: There are some wonderful and venerated institutions in the UK Philine, this being one of them
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 May 2017, 07:10
A cracking of view of it, too. The skeletal form of the tree makes this for me. The cafe is an occasional stop on our CTC bike rides.
Chris: This is a winter shot but the place is good to visit at any time of year, as I'm sure you know
  • Anne
  • France
  • 28 May 2017, 07:41
Very nice building.
Chris: A place of historical importance Anne
This is a very fine picture Tiffo
Chris: Taken in bleakest winter and, of course, twiddled unmercifully..
it appears every bit as how it would have appeared in the medieval times, i assume, Chris.
Chris: I think you are right Ayush
A fine image Chris, and good to see a bit of old England still going on.
Chris: Very much so Brian, a real survivor
the history about the Hospital of St Cross is very interesting Chris... your image in the mist framed with the leafless tree makes it seem to be a tranquil....petersmile
Chris: Indeed it is tranquil Peter
long may it rain...

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