Sketches of Hampshire

Sketches of Hampshire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...however, no documents known to exist, shewing the exact period or mode of its destruction. It appears, however, from the Bishop's registers, that in 1411 an exchange was made of the vicarage of Downton for the rectory of St. Faith, between John Moore and John Pomeroy. It is probable, therefore, that the church was then standing and frequented by a congregation.--Regist. Beaufort. The village itself, prettily and cheerfully situated as it is, presents nothing particularly interesting or worthy of notice, having probably arisen under the auspices of the hospital, rendering it accommodation, and receiving from it profit and protection, in the same way as so many other villages and towns have originally clustered around religious establishments, or baronial castles. It is the hospital alone, therefore, that affords any materials for history, and even these are more scant and meagre than might have been expected. There are obscure memorials of a monastery, or some religious establishment, having existed here in the early ages of Christianity among the Saxons, but it is said to have been destroyed by the Danes in some of their predatory incursions, and never afterwards restored. About the year 1132, bishop Henry de Blois chose the same spot, hallowed by ancient tradition, whereon to found an hospital dedicated to the Holy Cross. This charitable and munificent establishment was instituted by the founder, according to the ideas and language of the times, "for the health of his own soul, and the souls of his predecessors, and of the Kings of England." How far these spiritual benefits were secured; it is not for man to know; but there were other purposes of a more terestrial nature, more allied to the weaknesses of humanity, and more within the...
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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236652665
  • 9781236652669