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Hospital of St Mary the Virgin, Newcastle (demolished)


The Hospital of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in the 12th century "to serve God and the poor, and to be a place of entertainment for the indigent clergy and such pilgrims as are passing this way"[1]. It was located outside the Westgate of the town walls of Newcastle, on what is today, Westgate Road, roughly at the site of the Stephenson Monument.[2] From the 17th century, the buildings were used by the Free Grammar School. The buildings were demolished in 1844 in order to widen the road; a gatepost still survives in Westgate Road. In 1846 an Act divided the charity's income between the hospital and the school. A later Act of 1858 led to the refounded the hospital, with the opening of a new chapel and almshouse at Rye Hill.[1]

Westgate Road
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b102:Hospital of St Mary the Virgin 1786.

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Piscina in the Chapel of the Virgin Mary Hospital. (Removed in 1844.)

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Tyne and Wear HER(1502): Newcastle, Hospital of St Mary the Virgin in Westgate
- "Founded during the reign of Henry II by Aselack of Killinghowe for 2 regular brothers and 1 chaplain to serve God, the poor and travellers. The size and description of ...

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Hospital of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Newcastle
- "The mediaeval hospital was a religious community as well as a hospital in the modern sense. The Hospital of St Mary the Virgin in Westgate was founded in the 12th ...

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Tyne & Wear HER: 1502
Borough: Newcastle
Grid ref: NZ24746395

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