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St Cross Hospital
Living quarter for the hospital residents, 13 places created in the 12th century and a further 12 in the 15th century.

It was the hottest day of the year for our outing this year, luckily, we had chosen to visit venues which were mainly indoors. 

Our morning took us to the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester, which was founded by Henry de Blois.  After morning refreshments of coffee and homemade cakes we were given a tour by one on the brothers.  This took us into their beautiful gardens, their magnificent private chapel, the ancient medieval hall and old kitchen after which we received the Wayfarers Dole of bread and ale.  Apparently if you are over 60 have no criminal record and do not own a property you can apply for residence in these beautiful surroundings. I believe the only other stipulation is that you attend church on a Sunday, what is there not to like?

Brother John introduces the hospital.
The hospital kitchen
Lily pond in the hospital garden.

Off to the local pub for lunch, back on the coach and a short journey around to Winchester College.  Again, a guided tour was given, although some parts were out of bounds due to works being carried out.  By this time, we were hot and tired, so back on the coach for a short journey home.  A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting day.

Marilyn Wilton Smith

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