Old Ledbury St Katherines

St Katherines Hospital / Almshouses

St Katherines Almsmhouses, Chapel, Hospital / Hall, Masters House

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The Hospital of St. Katharine, in High street, was founded in 1232 by Hugh ffolliott, Bishop of Hereford, and endowed for six widowers and four widows.
It was refunded in 1580 by Queen Elizabeth, for a master, seven poor widowers, and three widows; the Dean and Chapter of Hereford are the trustees and patrons.
The present hospital, a building of local stone, was erected in 1822 from a design by Mr. Smirke.
A wing was added in the year 1866 through the exertions of the late Dean Dawes, then master, and there are now 2 male and 16 female inmates. 12 inmates receive 7s. 6d. per week and 6 inmates 5s. per week. Each tenant receives a ton of coals on St. Katharine's Day, also clothes alternate years.
The Rev. Charles Edward Maddison Green M.A. prebendary of Hereford, is the present warden in charge, and has a large dwelling house and garden attached, near the hospital, where he is required to reside during four months in the year.
The brethren and sisters are nominated by the sub-warden and the nomination afterwards to be confirmed by the dean and chapter of Hereford.
The chapel attached to the hospital is a remarkable building in the Early English style, service is performed daily therein except when there is service in the parish church.
1897 - A Retrospect
January 4 An inmate of St. Katharine's Hospital, named Elizabeth DAVIS, was found burned to death in her room. At the inquest a verdict of "accidental death, through the effects of burns," was returned
November 4 Mr. J. HARTREE, of Hereford, lectured on "The Architecture of Ledbury Church," in St. Catherine's Chapel.
1898 - A Retrospect
August 18 There was a Sale of Work and Bicycle Gymkhana in the grounds of St. Katharine's, in aid of Home and Foreign Missions and the Parish Nurse Fund.
[St Katherines Almshouses]
[St Katherines Hospital and Chapel ]
Chapel / Hospital / Hall
St Katherines Hall
Masters House
1902 Jakeman and Carver's Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire
1914 Newent Reporter Newspaper - Herefordshire History
1914 - 1919 Ledbury Guardian Newspaper - Herefordshire History
1897 - 1980 A Retrospect Tilley's Almanack's - Herefordshire History
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Cuttings are from Old Ledbury Reporter Newspapers