Keys to the Past

Remains of Leper Hospital at Witton Hall, Witton Gilbert (Witton Gilbert)

The hospital of St Mary Magdalene at Witton Gilbert was founded by Gilbert de la Lay c.1154-80 for five, later eight, lepers. The hospital was not in existence at the time of the Dissolution.

The present farmhouse incorporates a pointed window of late 12th century or early 13th century date, and a round-arched Norman doorway, which was probably the chief entrance to the hospital.

The remains of a chapel known at the site and dedicated to St John are possibly located towards the river. A chapel dedicated to St John was also located at Beaurepaire and this may be the same building which has been confused previously.

Reference number:D1323
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Witton Gilbert

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