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Location of Spital House Trumpington Street circa 1850

Hospital of St Anthony and St Eligius / The Spital House, Trumpington Street

History of Spital House, Trumpington Street

Trumpington Street Lensfield Road junction circa 1800 showing Spital House

In the 14th cent. as well as the Leper hospital on Stourbridge Common, another was built by private donation just outside the Trumpington Gate. It was referred to as the Spital House in the 16th cent. The building was pulled down in 1852 and replaced almshouses in Panton Street.

According to The New Guide to ….. Cambridge of 1831 the Spital House is:

at the entrance of Trumpington Street, and by its projection obstructing the Road, is a low building and possesses no claims to the attention of the stranger. In Popish times it was a Hospital for Lazars with a Chapel dedicated to St Anthony and St Elizius. Six poor women now occupy the apartments into which it is divided. They are appointed by the Mayor and Aldermen, and each have a stipend of five-pence half-penny per week, and a gratuity of 12l amongst the whole is usually given by the corporation annually. Mr Thomas Day, of Great St Mary’s Parish, in 1681 bequeathed some articles of clothing every other year to the Inmates of the House.

 

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