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No Comments CherryPie on Dec 10th 2016

At the side of the organ in the south transept [of the Church of St Cross], traces of wall paintings in a tomb recess are the last remains of what was once an altar to St Thomas of Canterbury, the martyred archbishop. A nearby door was where travellers coming from the continent to Canterbury arrived. [...]

No Comments CherryPie on Dec 9th 2016

… ‘a Norman cathedral in miniature’
Simon Jenkins, England’s Thousand Best Churches
The fine Norman church is all that remains of the original 12th century Hospital. Building began in 1135 at the east end with the north porch added nearly 200 years later. The walls are over one metre thick and built from stone brought from as far [...]

16 Comments CherryPie on Dec 8th 2016

An oasis of beauty and tranquility, the Master’s Garden includes a wide range of plants with flowering interest throughout the year. The borders are very colourful in the summer months, with shades that are particularly sensitive to the historic location and grey garden walls. The garden includes a border planted to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Dec 6th 2016

The Brethren’s Hall is the place where the Brothers of the Hospital of St Cross formerly gathered to dine:

This atmospheric room with its fine roof made of Spanish chestnut was built as the Master’s hall c. 1340. When the Master’s lodging was moved west in the later 16th century it became the Brothers’ own hall.
Almost [...]

18 Comments CherryPie on Dec 5th 2016

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. Renowned 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 [...]

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