Eastbridge Hospital of Saint Thomas the Martyr (2)

12th century hospital for pilgrims - probably founded in 1176
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The small chapel by the entrance to the hospital.
The Norman undercroft where the pilgrims wouild have slept.

 


Upstairs you enter the hall, where pilgrrims would have eaten.

A view from within the hall, of the wooden minstrels' gallery - put up in the 1930s in an attempt to recreate the mediaeval atmosphere. This is where singers would have sung (supposedly) as the pilgrims ate. Behind the grill at the back is the entrance to the rooms of the current residents.

 

A twelfth century wall painting of Christ, on the wall opposite the minstrels' gallery. This was discovered in the last century during renovations.

 

One of the glories of this building is its wonderful timber roofing in the chapel upstairs. These photos only hint at it. You can see the light through the timber, which comes from a small bell tower, with a bell in it. The photo below shows the bell rope.

 

 

 
The Hospital still serves as a residence for good, old, Christian people!
Here is the old dedication stone, though it has served as a place of Hospitality for much longer.
   

 

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