Notes: My information is mainly taken from the excellent
booklet available at the hospital, researched by Rachel Hayes.
The Hospital was founded in 1176, 6 years after Thomas a Becket
was killed in the cathedral, to help cope with the huge numbers
of pilgrims coming to see his tomb. It was a Hospital in the old
sense - a place of hospitality. Compare it with St.
John's, another of Canterbury's 9 old hospitals.
It is a wonderful, atmospheric building with a superb beamed
ceiling in the chapel from around 1285. See the next pages for