24. THE HOSPITAL OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE AND ST. MARGARET, LEICESTER
In 1312 Bishop Dalderby issued a licence for
an oratory to be built for the leprous brethren in
the parish of St. Margaret at Leicester, (fn. 1) and in
the same year he granted an indulgence to them. (fn. 2)
The brothers to whom these grants were made
were almost certainly those of the Hospital of
St. Mary Magdalene and St. Margaret. In 1334
the king granted protection to the leprous men
of the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalene and
St. Margaret at Leicester, and their messengers,
collecting alms for their house, which was stated
to depend on charity. (fn. 3) As no other institution in
Leicester is certainly known to have succoured
lepers, references in the early 13th century to the
leper brothers of Leicester (fn. 4) may perhaps apply to
this hospital, but such a suggestion is conjectural.
Henry of Knighton refers to a leper house existing
near St. John's Chapel in 1382; (fn. 5) this house may
have been the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalene
and St. Margaret, since the site indicated would
have been within St. Margaret's parish as it later
existed. (fn. 6) The leper house in St. Margaret's parish,
mentioned in 1550, (fn. 7) is probably also the same
foundation as this hospital. No seal is known.
25. THE HOSPITAL OF ST. EDMUND
In the 13th century Geoffrey, Abbot of
Croxton, (fn. 1) granted certain lands in Galby and
Frisby on the Wreak to the house of St. Edmund,
Archbishop and Confessor, at Leicester, and to the
poor brethren there. (fn. 2) The house cannot have been
founded before the death of St. Edmund Rich in
1240. Nothing further is known concerning this
foundation, and no seal has been found.
||Linc. Reg. Dalderby, Memo., f. 236a.
||Ibid., f. 221b.
Cal. Pat., 1334-8, 32.
||They are said to have received a charter from the
1st Earl of Leicester, i.e. probably Robert de Beaumont, who d. 1118: Hist. MSS. Com., Hastings, i,
336; Pipe R. 1209 (Pipe R. Soc., N.S. xxiv), 26.
||Hen. Knighton, Chron. (Rolls Ser.), ii, 182.
||See map in Leic. Boro. Rec., 1103-1327, facing
Cal. Pat., 1549-51, 122.
||Occurs from 1241-2 to 1268: Rot. Roberti Grosseteste, ed. F. N. Davis, 416; Farnham, Leics. Notes,
||Hist., MSS. Com., Rutland, iv, 180.