Hospitals
St John, Thetford

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Victoria County History

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William Page (editor)

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1975

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140

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'Hospitals: St John, Thetford', A History of the County of Suffolk: Volume 2 (1975), pp. 140. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=37938 Date accessed: 29 July 2014.


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61. THE HOSPITAL OF ST. JOHN, THETFORD

There was a leper hospital dedicated in honour of St. John on the Suffolk side of the town. Martin gives references to it under the reigns of Edward I, II, and III. In 1387 John of Gaunt, as already detailed in the account of the friary, gave the old parochial church of St. John to the friars, which then became the chapel of the hospital. At the time of the dissolution it was demolished as part of the friárs' property, and the site was granted to Sir Richard Fulmerston. (fn. 1)

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1 Blomefield, Hist. of Norf. ii, 71-2; Martin, Hist. of Thetford, 97-8. There is a certain amount of confusion as to two leper hospitals, one of St. John, and the other of St. John Baptist; but the house had possibly a double dedication.