S. Bartholomew hospital at Smithfield
Community ID
 
1006
 
Town
 
London
 
Diocese
 
London
 
Region
 
Middlesex
 
Modern Location
 
Smithfield
 
Corporate Status
 
Hospital
 
Dedication
 
Bartholomew, Smithfield
 
Date Founded
 
1123
 
Date Terminated
 
1536
 
Religious Order
 
Probably Order of S. Augustine
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

The community was probably founded by Rahere, a courtier of Henry I, before 1133 as a dependency of the Augustinian male monastery, S. Bartholomew's Priory. After 1250 the hospital was independent.

 
Visitations
 

In 1316, Bishop of London, Gilbert Segrave issued injunctions against the house. At this time he set the limits of the community at five priests, seven brothers, and four sisters. The sisters were ordered to wear gray dresses that did not fall below their ankles. The sisters seem also to have been allocated less food than the brothers and priests.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Henry III

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

The hospital is still currently in use. However, the only remaining medieval structure is the parish church of S. Bartholomew-the-Less, a chapel located on the grounds of the hospital. It is one of the five original chapels, originally named the Chapel of the Holy Cross. While much of the chapel dates from the 15th century, including the west wing and the tower, the bell frame is medieval and one of the oldest in the city of London. More information can be found at the official website ">www.bartsandthelondon.org.uk"> [S. Barts]

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

Foundation date : 1133 BQ ; independent (after) 1250. In 1375, Richard de Sutton was publicly accused of incontinence with one of the sisters and subsequently confessed.

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project, Ericka Swensson
 
Date Started
 
1123
 
Date Finished
 
1536
 
Length
 
371