Queen Anne's Hospital

This imposing building is situated to the north/west of the Iron Bridge on St. John's Street. It was erected in 1891 - a beam from a previous building on the site in 1615 was incorporated into it.
St. John's Hospital existed on the site before 1250 - it is thought to have been a leper house. Later it became an almhouse for the poor - they were allowed to beg for alms - obviously well placed to collect from travellers using the bridge. It fell into disuse because of lack of funds, but was established again in 1615 as Queen Anne's Hospital.
The beam below carries the following inscription: " Al you good Cristians that here dooe pas by give soome thing to these poore people that in St John's Hospital doeth ly. An 1615".