By Nigel Goose
In line with basic assets and interviews with present citizens and up to date trustees, this good researched background lines the expansion and growth of Doughty’s medical institution, an almshouse in Norwich, England, whereas interpreting a few of the philanthropic projects and social rules in Britain as an entire. From the hospital’s starting place on the bequest of the departed William Doughty in 1687 to its current , this checklist considers key features of the hospital’s improvement, together with its citizens, employees, monetary administration, and principles and rules. With chapters at the 18th, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, this account makes a necessary contribution to the historical past of social welfare.
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52 Dunn, ‘Trade’, p. 220; Hatcher, ‘The great slump’. 53 The priory was constructed for the habitation of sixty Benedictine monks but records show that up to 250 people ate meals in the priory each day. 57 The Great Hospital of St Giles was founded in 1249, adjacent to the Cathedral Close, by Bishop Walter de Suffield. 61 Almost across the board in the fifteenth century the city’s institutions for the relief of the poor and the sick either collapsed or curtailed their activities. As elsewhere in England, charitable giving in general appears to have become more discriminating as the century wore on.
54 The hospital was able to accommodate up to forty patients, most of whom were private cases who paid four shillings per week for their care. 57 Whatever the success rate, the institution provided far more humane care of those suffering from mental weakness or instability than had previously been available. By the late eighteenth century it was increasingly clear that a medical hospital was needed in Norwich. The Bishop of Norwich, Thomas Hayter, wrote to local surgeon Benjamin Gooch in 1758 with the idea for a city and county hospital, but Hayter was translated to London in 1761 and the plans for the institution fell through.
135. 19 NRO, N/TC 63/2: Commissioners of inquiry into charities in England and Wales: twenty-seventh report, BPP 1834, Vol. XXI (225), p. 556. ‘Messuage’ was a term used to denote a dwelling house and its surrounding property, including outbuildings. 20 NRO, N/TC 63/2, p. 557; C. Mackie, Norfolk annals. A chronological record of remakable events in the nineteenth century, 2 vols (Norwich Chronicle Office: Norwich, 1901),Vol. 1, p. 361. 21 Hooper, Norwich charities, pp. 118–23. 22 NRO, Case 16a/26, MF 630/1, 31 May 1701.
A History of Doughty's Hospital, Norwich, 1687-2009 by Nigel Goose