Hospitals: Eye

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A History of the County of Suffolk: Volume 2. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1975.

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There was a leper hospital outside the town of Eye which was probably of early foundation, but no record has been found concerning it earlier than the reign of Edward III.

Protection was granted in 1329 to Adam Fraunceis, master, and the brethren of the leper hospital of St. Mary Magdalen without the town of Eye, and for their messengers collecting alms about the realm, as they had nothing of their own whereon to live, (fn. 1) and in 1337 similar protection was granted for two years. (fn. 2)

Tanner says that it continued till the Dissolution, and was under the government of the bailiff and burgesses of the town. (fn. 3)


  • 1. Pat. 3 Edw. III, pt. i, m. 37.
  • 2. Ibid. 11 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 22.
  • 3. Tanner, Notitia, Suff. xx, 2.