20. THE HOSPITAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY, GATESHEAD
The origin of this hospital is unknown. It
was in existence about the year 1200 (and
possibly long before), as a foundation for the
support of a chaplain and three poor brethren.
To it, at about that period, Osmund son of
Hamo gave four acres of land in 'Harlei,' close
to Benchelm Wood. (fn. 1)
In 1226 Henry of Ferlington, constable of
Durham, bestowed on the hospital his vill of
Kyo in frankalmoign to provide a chaplain to
celebrate and to maintain three poor men to
pray for the soul of the donor; (fn. 2) and by an undated charter Baldwin-with-the-head gave to
Gerard son of Geve, steward of the hospital,
seventeen acres in the south part of his field called
Alrisburne, reserving a rent of 8d. towards the
repair of Tyne Bridge. (fn. 3)
The house seems to have been poor and unimportant, and in 1248 it had sunk so low that
the inmates could afford to live neither a religious
nor a secular life. Bishop Farnham in consequence of this united it with his new hospital of
St. Edmund the Confessor. (fn. 4)
||Orig. Chart. in the vestry at Gateshead.
||Madox, Formul. Angl. 58.
||Brand, Hist. Newcastle, i, 464-5.
||Orig. Chart. in Aug. Off., printed by Brand,