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Name: The Hospital of St. Mary Magdalen, Reading, Berkshire
HER Number: 01022.13.000
Record Type: Monument

Grid Reference: SU 718 735
Administrative Area/Parish:Reading, Reading, Berkshire
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Summary

A hospital for 12 lepers was founded between 1130 and 1175 and dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen. It was taken down in 1479.

Monument Types

  • HOSPITAL (Medieval - 1130 AD to 1479 AD)

Description

A hospital for 12 lepers was founded between 1130 and 1175. It had no separate endowment and was administered by the abbey. Its location is unknown apart from a reference in 1479 where it was said to be 'in the est syde of the towne' <1>. It is suggested it was housed not far from the inner gateway. This building was taken down in 1479 and the foundations dug out when the assize courts were built (1901). The hospital was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen.


<1> 1907, Victoria County History of Berkshire II, Pages 98-9 (Bibliographic reference). SRD6882.


<2> 1855, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Pages 95-96 (Bibliographic reference). SRD6884.


<3> Hurry, J B, 1901, Reading Abbey (Bibliographic reference). SRD6886.

Sources

<1>1907. Victoria County History of Berkshire II. Pages 98-9. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6882]
<2>1855. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 11. Pages 95-96. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6884]
<3>Hurry, J B. 1901. Reading Abbey. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6886]

Associated Events:

  • None
  • Associated Monuments

    MRD1374Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)

    Associated Finds:

  • None