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Coningsby Hospital, Hereford

Coningsby Hospital, Hereford

Artist: Fisher, S.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1785

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 96.r

Length: 34

Width: 42

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Coningsby Hospital in the Almshouses in Herefordshire. During the 13th century the site was formerly occupied by a religious house of the order of St John of Jerusalem and part of the building dates from this time. Sir Thomas Coningsby (1551-1625) built twelve almshouses here in 1614. They were to be used as a hospital for retired soldiers and sailors who would be administered to by a Chaplin who also lived on site. The soldiers were given free food and fuel and received a weekly allowance. They were also given an unusual uniform which was based on that of the Chelsea Pensioners Hospital in London. It consisted of a ginger ‘fishon’ suit, a hat with a red and white border, a military style jerkin, a sword and a red cape.

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