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Friends of St Cross Hospital Winchester
The Hospital of St Cross,
Porters Lodge Office
St Cross Road,
Winchester, SO23 9SD


Supporting England’s most perfect Almshouse

Ways We Help


Monies granted each year and the projects covered – all or in part


2017: £17,000

Church Pew alterations   

The pews with Tudor ends in the North Transept to be altered to fit into the Memorial Chapel.

A new, bespoke, iron gate to be installed between the Master’s Garden and the Bowling Green

Cleaning, repairing and redecorating the railings between the Bowling Green and the Brothers’ graveyard


2016: £15,000                                                                                            

Additional contribution towards the construction of a new Visitor Toilet Block:

In view of the importance of this project our total grant has been allocated towards its completion.


2015: £13,500

Contribution to Improve Facilities

Modifications to existing buildings will provide modern visitor toilets and some additional office and storage space on the first floor. Work is expected to take place during 2016.

Provision of running water and power to the Brothers Bowling Green:

An increasing number of Weddings and other outside events, including some for the Friends, take place in the   Master’s Garden or the adjacent Bowling Green. There will now be permanent and safe access to water and electricity services.

Repair of Main Hospital Gates:

The outer Hospital Gates are very old and used daily. They need to be preserved for the future.

Installation of a new Kissing Gate of the entrance to the Water Meadows:

A fully accessible wooden kissing gate will allow wheelchairs and prams/pushchairs access to the Meadows and on into the City along the River path.


2014: £12,500

50 long life stacking, oak-veneer Chairs:

These were part of a large number of new chairs purchased for use in the Church and other Hospital locations.

Lady Chapel Triptych Security Alarm:

The beautiful and quite rare Triptych, painted by Jan Gossaert (c1478- c1572), is now much more secure with a state-of-the-art alarm system.

Hospital Notice Board on the Brothers Bowling Green:

Walkers using the Water Meadows can now learn about the Hospital buildings as they pass by and note the many events that take place within.

Refurbishment of Kneelers and new Cushions for the Red Brothers Stalls


2013: £13,500

Refurbishment of a second Brother’s Shed

Restoration of Painted Ceiling in Church:                                                              

The Friends Grant helped pay for the cleaning and the touching in with matching colours of the paint of the magnificent 19th Century wooden ceiling.


Ceiling Before                                                                   Ceiling Today


2012: £9,000                                                                                            

Brethren’s Hall Staircase Refurbishment:

The staircase was used by Bishop Fox to reach the Master’s Lodgings, then in the Beaufort Tower. The Tudor handrail woodwork was in poor condition through wear and tear and insect damage. Our Grant funded extensive repairs and additional safety features, so that access to the Tower Room is now possible.

Refurbishment of a Brother’s Shed:                                                 

Brothers use the historical, listed Sheds for storage space as there is very little provided in their Flats. Hospital Carpenter, Steve, has done a great refurbishment job.