S. Leonard, Leicester
Community ID
 
973
 
Region
 
Leiceistershire
 
Modern Location
 
Leicester
 
Corporate Status
 
Hospital
 
Dedication
 
Leonard
 
Date Founded
 
1189-99 or earlier
 
Date Terminated
 
1478 or earlier
 
Foundation Information
 

The hospital was founded by William the Leper, son of Robert ès Blanchemains, Earl of Leicester. In 1472 the hospital was sold to William, Lord Hastings and annexed to Newarke College in 1478.

 
Visitations
 

There were visitations in 1397 and 1406 by the Abbot of Leicester.

 
Patrons/Benefactors
 

Simon de Montfort

 
Art & Artifacts
 

There is a 12th-century seal showing a large vesica, 3 by 1¾ in., which depicts a seated St. Leonard, abbot, giving a blessing. The legend had been destroyed. There is also a 15th century seal which reads: "sigillu commune magistri et fratrum hospital sbi leonardi lacestrie."

This seal is 2 1/2 by 1 9 / 16 in. It shows a full-length figure of St. Leonard standing, holding fetters in his right hand and a crosier in his left. Below him sits a priest in prayer.

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

In 1330, King Edward III, granted his protection to the masters of the hospital. In the 14th century there were both brothers and sisters at the hospital. (Cal. Pat., 1330-4, 156; Rot. Parl. i, 390.) St. Leonard's Hospital seems to have been dissolved when the College of the Newarke was suppressed under Edward VI's Act for the Dissolution of Chantries.

 
Admin. Notes
 

mad 7/31/97
why included , (needs verification)---According to VCH and Cal. Pat., 1330-4, 156; Rot. Parl. i, 390-there were both male and female members. EMS 5/08.

 
Contributors
 
WRL Project
 
Date Started
 
1189
 
Date Finished
 
1478
 
Length
 
195