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ST LEONARDS HOSPITAL

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The hospital of St Leonard, for ten poor people was established at Skirbeck circa 1220. It was given to the Knights Hospitallers circa 1230 and became known as St John the Baptist's Hospital. In 1338 it sustained 20 people in the infirmary and 40 at the gate. The house was later united to the Preceptory at Maltby. In 1542 it was granted to Charles, Duke of Suffolk. The hospital appears to have continued as an almshouse, as in 1608 St Leonard's Hospital and `beadsmen' are mentioned. The manor of St John and the Bede of St. Leonard is mentioned in 1656. According to Thompson the site of the hospital was on the west side of Maud Foster drain, immediately opposite Hospital Bridge.

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