The Maison Dieu, Water Lane, Ospringe, Kent

The Maison Dieu, Water Lane, Ospringe, Kent
Photograph taken c1910 © Historic England Archive ref: OP13133

This building is the main surviving building of the medieval Maison Dieu, founded in 1230, which was similar to a small monastery. It acted as a 'hospital' for the overnight lodging of pilgrims travelling to Canterbury. It is a building with a 13th century base and early 16th century timber-framed first floor which is jettied. It is thought to have originally been a priest's house. It was at one time a shop and is now used as a small Museum. It is in the care of English Heritage and managed by the Faversham Society. (2012)

Location

Kent Ospringe

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

pilgrim religion faith charity poor timber frame almshouse tudor (1485 - 1602) english heritage people edwardian (1902 - 1913)