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Somerset Historic Environment Record

44379

Site Name: St Margaret's Leper Hospital, Taunton
Civil Parish: Taunton
Part of:
PRN 44440Medieval town, Taunton
Comprises:
PRN 15907Excavation (2000), St Margaret's Leper Hospital, Hamilton Road, Taunton
PRN 18046Watching Brief (2000), St Margaret's Leper Hospital, Leycroft Road, Taunton
PRN 44701Watching brief (1972), St Margarets Leper Hospital, Taunton
PRN 46028St Margaret's Leper Hospital (formerly listed as St Margaret's), Hamilton Road (North side), Taunton
Grid Ref: ST 2383 2481 (ST 22 SW)
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Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown but it should be visible from a public right of way. Please assume that the site is private property. [Information last updated on 18 December 2002]

Details:

Hospital of the Holy Ghost and St Margaret founded for lepers between 1174 and 1185. {1}

Had a chapel served by the Priory (PRN 44434). In c.1510 rebuilt by Abbot Bere. Chapel sold in 1549 and destroyed. By 1612 was an almshouse, known as 'the Spittle'. From 1938 restored and used as offices of Rural Community Council. {3}

Fire destroyed the thatched roof and since it has remained unused and uninsurable. {4}

Dendrochrological samples taken from the roof and gallery in 2002 failed to provide a date. {5}

References:

1 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 22 SW 39 (1965) Location: HER files. HER digital source: 1026.
2 Detailed records - Hunt, TJ. Three medieval documents from Glastonbury relating to the Hospital of St Margaret, near Taunton . Somerset Archaeology and Natural History.  105 (1960-61), 52-60 [page 52-60]
3 Mention - Bush, RJE. The Book of Taunton.  (1977), 132.
4 Verbal communication - Preece, AE. Somerset County Council, Heritage Service (1995). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
5 Detailed records - Bridge, M. Tree-ring analysis of tmbers from St Margaret's Hospital, Hamilton Road, Taunton, Somerset.  Unpublished English Heritage report (2002) Location: HER files. HER digital source: 14294.

Record created in June 1995

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