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ST CROSS

Set in open meadow land to the south of Winchester, the Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 1130´s by Bishop Henry of Blois for `thirteen poor men, feeble and so reduced in strength that they can scarcely or not at all support themselves without other aid´. The hospital was placed under the care of the Knights of St John, and the thirteen Brothers of this foundation still wear black gowns and a badge depicting the Jerusalem Cross.

The Chapel was started in the 1160´s and retains much of its late Norman purity, despite being somewhat altered in the 14th and early 15th centuries. The number of Brethren was enlarged in the 15th century by Cardinal Beaufort, who provided for a second order of almsmen, the `Noble Order of Poverty´. Brethren of this order wear magenta gowns.

Ellie & I went there last week.

ST CROSS

Set in open meadow land to the south of Winchester, the Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 1130´s by Bishop Henry of Blois for `thirteen poor men, feeble and so reduced in strength that they can scarcely or not at all support themselves without other aid´. The hospital was placed under the care of the Knights of St John, and the thirteen Brothers of this foundation still wear black gowns and a badge depicting the Jerusalem Cross.

The Chapel was started in the 1160´s and retains much of its late Norman purity, despite being somewhat altered in the 14th and early 15th centuries. The number of Brethren was enlarged in the 15th century by Cardinal Beaufort, who provided for a second order of almsmen, the `Noble Order of Poverty´. Brethren of this order wear magenta gowns.

Ellie & I went there last week.

comments (20)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 17 Jun 2009, 01:24
And I thought he was a professor from some elite college!
Chris: Not at all Ginnie
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Jun 2009, 03:24
Love the ghitzy plastic flowers arrangement,sulking in the corner, Chris...probably part of the 15th century refurb?

"Noble Order of Poverty"...Hmmm...been to that place named "poverty" but cannot recall there being anything noble about it.

Looks like a nice place for old codgers to lodge, though...keeps them off the streets and looks more comfortable than under bridges.

[Perhaps they could pitch out the plastic flowers decoration and that would leave a dry spot for old benchy?]
Chris: I can assure you all of those flowers are real ones Ray: none of yer plastic junk here!
awesome shot chris.
timing and subject matter are spot on!!
Cheers
rob
Chris: Thank you Rob: much obliged to you
I'm sorry to have missed this, but this picture makes up for it
Chris: It was a wonderful day. We're bound to go back - and I'm sure you & Chad (if he survives his current trip) will enjoy it too. He is currently in Leola, South Dakota for the World Rhubarb Thrashing Championships. I've warned him that this is a young man's game - but he never listens...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jun 2009, 07:40
So he is a real brother, mmmm. Could be misconstrued in certain circles.

St Cross is a favourite of Ellie's. Miss her.

Anyhow a great shot and nice control of the light beyond the gateway.
Chris: You will have observed Louis that I have waved my twiddling stick at this
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jun 2009, 07:41
Kicking myself for missing in the day - must apologise to Ellie, too. I like the idea of the "Noble Order of Poverty" - sounds like me! smile UI like the cart with the flowers - very pretty.
Chris: When we go next time Alan - we will send you several reminders!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Jun 2009, 08:34
This pic makes my day!- a beautifully composed photo- the arch we look (and go with our eyes) through, the entrance portal of St. Cross (and all the pointed arches of the windows), all the greens of tree and ... the beautiful (!)flowers in the wagon - and last but not least- brother Reverend in his black gown with the little cross on the breast (!)- there is such a wonderful, pious atmosphere of tranquillity and peace- where soul and mind may recreate... -thank you for the fine information!
Chris: A pleasure Philine: the place has a very warm & welcoming feel to it. I am obliged to Ellie for taking me there last year. On this occasion we walked along the riveer to the cathedral (about a mile) and had a wonderful time there. I will be posting some pictures of this later in the summer
Superb shot Chris. Great timing!
Chris: Thank you Richard: it was the brother's timing that was perfect!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Jun 2009, 08:39
with my best wishes to Ellie! I miss her, too! I'm waiting for more pics from Winchester!
Chris: I passed on your greetings to Ellie Philine. She will be back with us soon. In the meeanwhile she has published her first work for a while http://ellie.shutterchance.com/
These guys have a life style that I cannot really imagine inspite of having read books and seen films etc that provide clues. I don't suppose he minds living in such illustrious environs.
richard
Chris: I dn't think any of them do Richard. I would be perfectly happy to be one of them myself - one day
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 17 Jun 2009, 09:29
Great shot Chris
Chris: Thank you Tony
Good picture with the perfect framining device. The floor of the arch looks interesting - someone has an ordered mind!
Chris: I have an ordered mind Mike. If you go into the office to the left of this picture you can have the "wayfarers' dole," which is free beer & bread!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jun 2009, 10:04
The inclusion of the figure in his gown with the cross on it is a great touch.
Ingrid
Chris: Thank you Ingrid: he was just going about his daily routine
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Jun 2009, 11:15
"In the meeanwhile she has published her first work for a while"- thank you, this is a good message- and I remember and saw again some pics and detailled informations by Ellie about the Hospital of St. Cross! I remember you posted also some pics before but I didn't find them in your archive!
Chris: There's one in the archive for 13th July 2008: the others may have been lost when Shutterchance crashed earlier this year
How lucky to catch one of the Brethren, I presume, walking the courtyard Chris and the barrow of flowers is really attractive.
Chris: Thank you Brian: there had been a flower festival the previous week
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 17 Jun 2009, 12:51
This is lovely with the hint of flowers - something wonderful for the brother to walk toward.
Chris: Indeed Mary: thank you
This is a beautiful shot!
Chris: I'm glad you like it Christina
Nice shot looking through the archway and the flower feature gets my vote.
Chris: Thank you kindly Janet
Impressive building and a brilliant shot Chris.
Chris: Thank you very much Albert
I like all of this Chris, the interior, the exterior, the flowers, the framing. It all works perfectly together.
Chris: I think I was in the right place at the right time Sheila: thank you

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