Bede House, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire

Bede House, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire
Photograph taken 07 May 2004 © Mr Roger Ashley. Source Historic England Archive ref: 232356

This building was originally a medieval 'hospital'. The term hospital probably referred to something that today we would call an almshouse. It was founded by Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1423. It was for 12 men and 1 woman attendant. Each had a cubicle and locker within the main hall. The building is also an excellent example of its date. It follows the normal medieval hospital plan of an infirmary hall with a chapel at the east end.