Medieval hospitals served the needs of the sick, the poor and travellers. They were concerned with spiritual wellbeing as well as medical care. Although its role has changed more than once in 800 years, St Mary's is a remarkable surviving example of a 13th Century hospital, still in use today as a Christian foundation which provides a home for up to 30 residents.
Residents are encouraged to live independent lives, and are cared for and supported by the staff consisting of the Warden, Bailiff and Custos (Chaplain).
St Mary's Hospital Almshouse is situated off St Martin's Square in the North East of Chichester city centre, see here.
Applications for Admission
The St Mary's Hospital Trustees receive applications for admission to the almshouses. Priority is given to those who live in the Diocese of Chichester and who reside within a certain distance of Chichester itself. References should normally include a supporting letter from a priest or minister of religion.
Further information about vacancies, admission eligibility and the procedure for applications can be obtained from:
The Clerk to the Trustees
The Royal Chantry,
West Sussex PO19 1PX
Tel: (01243) 812491
Fax: (01243) 812499