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St Leonard's Hospital, Museum Street, York

St Leonard's Hospital, Museum Street, York
Photograph taken 24 May 2001 © Mr Chris Broadribb. Source Historic England Archive ref: 464254

These are the remains of St Leonard's Hospital. It was originally known as St. Peter's Hospital. It was rebuilt by William II (r.1060-1100). This hospital was severely damaged by fire in 1137. It was then rebuilt and renamed St. Leonard's in the reign of Stephen (r.1135-54). It was run by Augustinian monks/nuns for the sick and disabled and became one of the greatest of all the English hospitals. At this time patients had to confess their sins before they could be treated. The daily routine of the hospital included religious rituals like saying prayers.

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