TQ3265 : Hospital of the Holy Trinity, Croydon

taken 7 years ago, near to Croydon, Great Britain

Hospital of the Holy Trinity, Croydon
Hospital of the Holy Trinity, Croydon
In 1596 John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury (1583-1604), laid the foundation stone of the Hospital of the Holy Trinity at Croydon. The hospital was to be situated at the medieval town crossroads for the maintenance of between thirty and forty "poor, needy or impotent people" from the parishes of Lambeth and Croydon. A grade I listed building.
Almshouses
Almshouses are charitable housing provided to enable people (typically elderly people who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent) to live in a particular community. They are often targeted at the poor of a locality, at those from certain forms of previous employment, or their widows, and are generally maintained by a charity or the trustees of a bequest.
Alms are, money or services donated to support the poor and indigent. Almshouses were established from the 10th century in Britain, to provide a place of residence for poor, old and distressed folk. The first recorded almshouse was founded in York by King Athelstan; the oldest still in existence is the Hospital of St. Cross in Winchester, dating to about 1132. In the Middle Ages, the majority of European hospitals functioned as almshouses.
An incomplete list of British Almshouses can be found at LinkExternal link
Grade I & A listed buildings and structures
Grade I listed buildings and structures are of exceptional importance and even internationally important. There are over 6000 in the country. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I listed.
In Scotland the classification is A
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TQ3265, 1046 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 8 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 27 June, 2010
Category
Almshouses   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 323 656 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.4697N 0:6.0183W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 322 656
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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