This 13th, 15th and 16th century flint and timber-framed building, with its name meaning House of God, was once part of a medieval hospital complex. Care was given to the local poor, sick and needy by priests and lay brothers. The site also included a ‘camera regis’ – a chamber which was used for royal visitors to conduct royal and state affairs. It was also a pilgrimage hospital providing a resting place for pilgrims en route from Europe to Canterbury and the Holy Lands. For three hundred years the hospital provided a landmark on the pilgrimage route.
Walk around the ground floor hall and see a spectacular 13th century window which came from the Chapel of the main complex of the Maison Dieu. In the Lower Chamber you will see a fine early 16th century ceiling with original moulded beams and a stone fireplace of the same period. On the upper floor in the Great Chamber, feast your eyes on a magnificent Kingpost roof and a wonderful T-shaped arrangement of windows. There is also an impressive collection of Roman remains taken from burial grounds in the vicinity that are worth viewing.
Location Details: On main A2 on W corner of Water Lane in village of Ospringe. Public car park 300yds
Opening Times: Please visit the English Heritage site below for opening times, as it varies.
Costs: The entrance price for this interesting medieval building, steeped in history, is £2.00 and for children from 5 to 15 years it is free as long as they accompanied by adults. English Heritage members also get free admission.
Photo Credits: © Copyright Faversham Society
For further information please visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk