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The Hospital of St Cross and Almhouse of Noble Poverty

One of England’s oldest continuing almshouses, founded in 1132 by Henri de Blois

St Cross Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9SD

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Accessibility
  • As you enter the site there is level access to an accessible toilet.
  • There is disabled access into the church through the ambulatory, which has a ramp. If you would like to use this access please ask at The Porter’s Lodge Shop.
  • Some of the pathways are slightly uneven and are cobbled in places. There are steps up into our Brethren’s Hall with no ramp or lift.
  • If visitors want to wait for other members of their group there are several benches outside around the site and during the summer months our tearoom is open with seating inside and outside.
  • Mobile phone reception is poor around the site. In the event of an emergency please contact the Porter in The Porters Lodge shop or another member of staff.
  • There is a defibrillator on site.
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It is possible to hire some of the most glorious areas of the Hospital of St Cross for both company and family events.

These may include drinks parties and dinners; lunches and teas; lectures and presentations. Filming is sometimes possible. The Hospital has a very special atmosphere all of its own, peaceful and yet friendly.

The Hospital is the home of the Brothers, so no event should intrude too much on their way of life. The purpose of events is to maintain the upkeep of the historic buildings so that the Brothers can continue to live here.

Venue hire

The Hospital lets certain of its buildings and grounds for wedding receptions, seminars and concerts.

Hundred Men’s Hall
Capacity: 50 seated; 80 standing
This is situated in the Outer Quadrangle, near the entrance gate in buildings which date from the fourteenth century and on the site where ‘hundred poor men’ were fed each day. Today it is used as the tea room in the summer months, and is available for hire in the winter (November – March).
It is not ‘state of the art’ but it does have a large projection screen, mounted high on the wall, and a stand, as well as power sockets. It is heated and is ideal for lectures

The Brethren’s Hall
Capacity: 60 seated; 100 standing
This rustic hall is where the Brothers gathered and ate for several centuries. Almost all the original features can be seen today, including the central fireplace and the leather fire buckets.
Please note there is no heating, power supply or hot/cold running water.

The Church
Capacity: 250
This historic and beautiful building provides an ideal setting for weddings and concerts.

More information

Contact the Deputy Clerk for details
Accessibility
  • As you enter the site there is level access to an accessible toilet.
  • There is disabled access into the church through the ambulatory, which has a ramp. If you would like to use this access please ask at The Porter’s Lodge Shop.
  • Some of the pathways are slightly uneven and are cobbled in places. There are steps up into our Brethren’s Hall with no ramp or lift.
  • If visitors want to wait for other members of their group there are several benches outside around the site and during the summer months our tearoom is open with seating inside and outside.
  • Mobile phone reception is poor around the site. In the event of an emergency please contact the Porter in The Porters Lodge shop or another member of staff.
  • There is a defibrillator on site.
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.