medieval buildings of St. Cross, Winchester - old chairs - roof timbers, &c
- I have just posted three pictures of "14th Cent bentwood chairs" to
the photo files, for the interest of the Gentles of this List.
It is now 0954 BST, Sunday, 10/6/2007 - so give your Moderators time
to release the pictures into the photo files, before you go looking
Last weekend, my House was privileged to take part in an SCA event to
re-create the last part of a medieval Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St
Swithin, in Winchester Cathedral, starting from the medieval
Almshouse & Hospital of St. Cross to the South of the City; and
walking in medieval garb - in small groups through the
watermeadows alongside the lovely River Itchen, to the Cathedral.
The Hospital and it's attached Norman Church largely escaped the
depredations of Thomas Cromwell's Commissioners after the Schism in
1538; and, later, of Oliver's Parliamentarians because the
Hospital was and is a "Lay Foundation" dedicated to the relief of the
Poor, and not a religious one.
The Buildings of St Cross have been continuously-occupied by the
Brothers ever since their Foundation and construction, and were
largely completed by the end of the 15th Century. Once entered
through the outer Gate, the enclave has very few external
anachronisms, nor do the rooms which are open to the Public.
I now also intend to post pictures of the interior of the Master's
Hall - a wonderful bit of work using Spanish Chestnut which is
apparently resistant to borers and rot; - including the lovely
timber roof, the panelling, the Mistrel gallery, and the 15th century
Stairs to the Master's Lodgings.
dwelling in "old" Jersey