St John the Baptist Hospital
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The oldest almshouse in England
Within the 'hospital' is a courtyard around which are arranged a set of six dwelling houses, most of which date to the 15th and 16th centuries. The chapel; is older, dating to the 12th century, with 15th century additions. The chapel features an interesting font with a carved Jacobean cover that looks for all the world like a table-leg. It is interesting that the chapel has a font at all - it appears that tennants on the hospital land had the right to baptise their children in their own chapel rather than the parish church.
The kitchen is a particularly interesting building, with a seven-sided stair attatched to the exterior wall.
About St John the Baptist Hospital
Address: Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, England, CT1 1BG
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Northgate is an easy stroll from central Canterbury, via Palace Street.
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Sir John Boys House - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Conquest House - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
8 Palace Street - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Canterbury, St Alphege church - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Canterbury Cathedral - 0.3 miles (Cathedral)
Christ Church Gateway - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
St George's Tower - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
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