30. THE HOSPITAL OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE, MALMESBURY
This hospital is mentioned in an undated
charter commemorating the deeds of Walter
Loring, Abbot of Malmesbury (1208-22). (fn. 1) During Walter's abbacy a 'monk's corrody' had been
granted in perpetuity to the infirm brethren of the
hospital. (fn. 2) The lepers of Malmesbury, possibly the
inmates of this hospital, were granted protection with clause rogamus in 1235. (fn. 3) In 1281 the
chaplain of the hospital was in receipt of a quarterly pittance of 16s. 8d. for broth granted by the
Abbot and Convent of Malmesbury. (fn. 4) Late in the
13th century 10d. a year was paid by the hospital
to the town for the tenement of Juliana Sewaker. (fn. 5)
John London, clerk of the king's chapel, was
appointed to the hospital of St. Mary Magdalene,
Burton (Malmesbury), in 1439. (fn. 6) He was an
executor of the will of Edward, Duke of York,
who fell at Agincourt, (fn. 7) and for four years he had
drawn a pension from Abingdon Abbey. (fn. 8) His appointment was apparently contested by the Abbot
of Malmesbury, whom he sued in Chancery.
London maintained that the house belonged to the
king's ancestors of the Earldom of Hereford, and
that the patronage had passed to the Duchy of
Lancaster. (fn. 9)
No later record of this hospital seems to exist.
It lay south of Malmesbury on the hill leading to
Burton. (fn. 10) Burton Hill Chapel, a small medieval
building on the east side of the Chippenham road,
was pulled down about 1860. (fn. 11)
||See article on Malmesbury Abbey.
Reg. Malmesburiense (Rolls Ser.), ii, 80.
Cal. Pat. 1232–47, 115.
Reg. Malm. (Rolls Ser.), ii, 217.
||Ibid. i, 119.
||Ex inf. Duchy of Lancaster Office; Bull. Inst. Hist. Res.
Cal. Pat. 1436–41, 324; John Nichols, Royal Wills, 222.
Cal. Close, 1435–41, 56.
||R. H. Luce, Pages from History of Malmesbury, 38.
W.A.M. x, 293; illus. in Aubrey, Topog. Coll. ed.
Jackson, pl. xxvi.