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The Pilgrims' Hospital In Canterbury, Well Preserved In The City Centre
This is a place of great historical interest in the centre of Canterbury, if you've been there we'd welcome your feedback. Follow this link if you want to see more great places to visit in Kent.
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The Eastbridge Hospital of St. Thomas was founded in 1190 to accommodate the the pilgrims that had started to visit the tomb of St. Thomas Becket who was murdered in 1170. The word hospital is used in its original sense, meaning a place of hospitality. Originally those people in need; typically the old or infirm could stay for free whilst healthy and solvent pilgrims were expected to pay. There were limits to how long one could stay but the basic premis was simply lodgings for pilgrims and help for anyone who had been taken ikk.
The Chaple on the top floor of the Hospital overlooks the High Street but it is one of the calmest places in the city.
Since its foundation 1190 the fortunes of the Eastbridge Hospital have fluctuated but in that time it has been an almost constant source of help and charity.
Today, in a tour of the Hospital you can see the; Chantry Chapel, Pilgrims Chapel. Undercroft with Gothic Arches and Refectory with its 13th century mural. There are permanent displays explaining the history of this institution.
A 'must see' attraction for anyone visiting Canterbury.
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