Hospitals: St Leonard, Ipswich

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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 third leper hospital of early foundation at Ipswich—that of St. Leonard, in the parish of St. Peter, near the old church of St. Augustine, (fn. 1) probably but slenderly endowed, and relying chiefly on the alms of travellers. A commission appointed in 1520 to define the bounds of the town of Ipswich began its report in these terms:—

'From the bull stake on the Cornhill in the said burgh of Yepiswiche unto the close of the hospitall of Seynt Leonard, & from thens . . .' (fn. 2)

It escaped suppression under Henry VIII and Edward VI. In 1583 Henry Bury was appointed 'Master of the hospital and Sick House of St. Leonard,' vacant by the death of Philip Apprice. At the same time Henry Lawrey, beadle of the hospital, had £1 6s. 8d. added to his salary for his great pains.

In 1606 'the preaching place' in the hospital was ordered to be restored and the head of the pulpit ceiled. (fn. 3)


  • 1. Taylor, Index Mon. 116.
  • 2. Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. ix, 232.
  • 3. Add. MS. 19094, fol. 144.