Ford's Hospital, Greyfriars Lane, Coventry, West Midlands

Ford's Hospital, Greyfriars Lane, Coventry, West Midlands
Photograph taken August 1941 © Historic England Archive ref: op14800

A view in the courtyard at Ford's Hospital, also known as Greyfriars Hospital, showing bomb damage. It was founded in 1509 by William Ford who endowed an almshouse for 5 men and a woman. This was completed, before his death in 1517, by William Pisford who increased the size of the endowment providing for six men and their wives. By 1800 the charity had become confined to women only. The North Side of the hospital was directly hit by a bomb in 1940 which killed eight women. The damaged area was rebuilt in 1951-3 using original timbers and the whole structure was restored.

Location

West Midlands Coventry

Period

World War Two (1939 - 1945)

Tags

bomb damage almshouse timber framed building