S. Nicholas Hospital Carlisle
Community ID
 
883
 
Region
 
Cumberland
 
Modern Location
 
Carlisle
 
Corporate Status
 
Hospital
 
Dedication
 
Nicholas
 
Date Founded
 
1199 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1645
 
Religious Order
 
Augustinian
 
Rule
 
Augustinian
 
Foundation Information
 

Founded for a master, brethren, sisters, lepers, and the poor and sick. According to Dugdale, the foundation date is before 1180.

 
Dependency Of
 

In 1477, after a number of years of decline, Edward IV gave the hospital with all its lands, tenements, rights, liberties, franchises, commodities, and emoluments to the cathedral priory of Carlisle.

 
Visitations
 

There were a number of visitations, especially during the fourteenth century, when conditions at the hospital became increasingly dire. After 1292, a new set of rules was written by the master Hugh de Cressingham, who attempted to regain some of the hospitals prior good reputation. However, the financial situation disallowed for the implementation of most of these rules almost immediately.

 
Relative Wealth
 

In 1292, the hospital was valued at £35 13s. 4d.

 
State Of Medieval Structure
 

The hospital was burnt down repeatedly and was finally completely destroyed in the Siege of Carlisle in 1645. It is has now been completely built over and no trace of the medieval structure remains.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

The hospital was nearly destroyed in 1296 during the wars of Edward I. From that point on the hospital entered a state of decline from which is never fully recovered. The buildings were never sufficiently rebuilt and the financial situation became so bad that, in 1336, the royal tax assessors were not allowed to assess the wealth of the hospital.

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1199
 
Date Finished
 
1645
 
Length
 
296