Hospitals
Taunton

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Victoria County History

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William Page (editor)

Year published

1911

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158

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'Hospitals: Taunton', A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 2 (1911), pp. 158. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=40947 Date accessed: 30 September 2014.


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33. THE HOSPITAL OF TAUNTON

The master and leprous brethren of Taunton received royal protection in 1236, (fn. 139) which was also granted to 'the brethren of St. Margaret's without Taunton' in 1278 (fn. 140) and again under the title of the hospital of the Holy Ghost and St. Margaret, in 1334. (fn. 141) Canon Richard Bruton in 1417 (fn. 142) left 20s. to the 'spytelhouse' of Taunton, which is called a lazar-house in the will of Elizabeth Speke in 1537. (fn. 143) It survived the changes at the Reformation, as in 1552 (fn. 144) Thomas Brocke left 6s. 8d. 'to the poor in the spittell house at Taunton,' and it has continued to the present time as an almshouse.

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139 Cal. Pat. 1232–47, p. 151.
140 Ibid. 1272–81, p. 262.
141 Ibid. 1334–8, p. 3.
142 Somers. Rec. Soc. Publ. xvii, 91.
143 Ibid. xxi, 39.
1447 Ibid. 146.