NZ2564 : Holy Jesus Hospital

taken 11 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

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Holy Jesus Hospital
Holy Jesus Hospital
The Holy Jesus Hospital was opened in 1682 on the site of an older Friary, on land called the Manors. The building was not a hospital but provided sheltered accommodation for the retired Freemen of the town. The Holy Jesus Hospital was open for 250 years before it moved to Spital Tongues in 1937. The building was the John George Joicey local history museum between 1968 and 1995 and is now owned by the National Trust. There is a large ornamented fountain in front of the building and a soup kitchen was added at the rear in 1880. It is one of only two complete C17 brick buildings to survive in Newcastle (the other is Alderman Fenwick's House on Pilgrim Street). Details of the plaque to the right of the photograph are given here NZ2564 : Holy Jesus Hospital - detail

There is an inscription on front of building which translated says: "Hospital erected at the expense of the Citizens and Burgesses of Newcastle upon Tyne in the year of Salvation 1682. Timothy Robson, Mayor. John Squire, Sheriff. Now therefore abideth these three Faith, Hope and Charity, but the greatest of these is Charity."

City Road, which was built in 1882-3, passes over the site of a lawn which formerly fronted the hospital. In front of the entrance is a large ornamented fountain.

Tyne and Wear HER(4825): Newcastle, City Road, Holy Jesus Hospital LinkExternal link

Its location next to the busy roads of the Swan House Roundabout are well shown in this photograph as is the pedestrian underpass that provides access from the square in front of the residential block, now known as '55 Degrees North'.
Newcastle Libraries have a photo of Holy Jesus Hospital dated 1881 LinkExternal link
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Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Friday, 22 January, 2010
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