53. THE HOSPITAL OF EYE
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)
||Pat. 3 Edw. III, pt. i, m. 37.
||Ibid. 11 Edw. III, pt. ii, m. 22.
||Tanner, Notitia, Suff. xx, 2.