A History of the County of Kent: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1926.
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40. THE HOSPITAL OF BOUGHTON UNDER BLEAN
Richard II on I August, 1384, at the supplication of the earl of Arundel, pardoned the trespasses committed by Thomas atte Herst of ' Bocton atte Blee' in having without licence founded and built in honour of the Holy Trinity a chapel 150 ft. long by 50 ft. broad, and a house of the same dimensions for lepers and other infirm persons thither resorting, in the king's highway called ' Chyniot in Bocton under le Blee,' and in his having ordained a certain number of lay brethren and sisters to dwell in the said house to pray for the king, his progenitors and heirs and the whole realm; pardoned the forfeitures incurred; and granted to the said Thomas that he by the name of master or warden of the said chapel and house should with the said brethren and sisters hold the same in perpetuity by the king's gift, and the chapel should be the king's free chapel, the king the founder and the chancellor the patron, visitor and protector. (fn. 1)