76. THE HOSPITAL OF SUDBURY
In the time of King John, Amicia, countess
of Clare, founded a hospital at Sudbury to the
honour of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin
His mother. (fn. 1) Tanner supposes it to be identical
with the house or chapel of St. Sepulchre, which
the same countess gave to the monks of Stoke
Clare, and which was granted by Edward VI to
John Speke; but of this there is some doubt. (fn. 2)
Mention is made in 1277 of the breaking open
by thieves of certain chests that had been
deposited in the hospital of Sudbury, county
Suffolk, without mentioning dedication, as
though there was only one of any importance. (fn. 3)
Richard II in 1383 granted the custody of
the free chapel of St. Sepulchre, Sudbury, to
Peter Harmodesworth; it was in the king's
gift by reason of his custody of the land and
heir of Edmund, late earl of March, tenant in
chief. (fn. 4)
||Dugdale, Mon. vi, 776.
||Tanner, Notitia, 524; Taylor, Index Mon., 116.
||Pat. 5 Edw. I, m. 2.
||Pat 7 Ric. II, pt. i, m. 31.