St John Medieval Museum and Coningsby Hospital

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St John Medieval Museum and Coningsby Hospital

St John Medieval Museum and Coningsby Hospital
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jjblue
Oxford, UK51 contributions
Little paradise!
Oct 2019
Lovely little bit of peace and quiet and very knowledgable and interesting guide. Historically full of interest.
Written 4 November 2019
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Hopknight
Worcester, UK33 contributions
Wonderful guide
Oct 2019 • Couples
We visited Hereford for the first time on Saturday and went to see the medieval hospital. We arrived just as the volunteer who worked there was closing up but she was so kind as to take us both around anyway. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and had written her Masters thesis on the building. She answered all of our questions and was full of interesting information.

The museum area has some nice armour exhibits on loan from the Royal Armouries and some hilarious/creepy waxworks of famous residents in the room above. There is a working knights Hospitaler chapel and the ruins of Blackfriars abbey next door are open to the public in a small park.

All free to visit, but funded by donations. Well worth visiting and leaving a donation if you can.
Written 21 October 2019
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Pam J
York, UK45 contributions
Hidden Gem!
Jun 2019 • Solo
I have been visiting Hereford for several years and only came across this very interesting historical site by complete accident. I was a passenger in a car travelling into the city centre & happened to notice what looked like a medieval building tucked amongst a street of modern commercial buildings. I noted the name & looked up the details.The present day almshouses date from the 17th C and were built from the stones of a 12th C Blackfriars monastery the remains of which are tucked behind the buildings in a delightful rose garden( also open to the public). The part open to the public is a the hospital built by the Knights Hospitallers and the attached chapel which is all that remains of the medieval buildings. The museum is very interesting & was manned by a very knowledgeable volunteer. I was really surprised it was not on the list of must see attractions in Hereford. I expect it is because it is away from the Cathedral/Castle area but is only a short walk from the city centre. Well worth a visit!It is free entry & only open Weds & Sats 11am-3pm March -Oct
Written 30 June 2019
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nicholasreed2017
Canterbury, UK30 contributions
Well worth visiting.
Jan 2018
It should be even better, now it has a museum inside. (I visited in 1985.) The curator there, Peter Harris, is very knowledgeable.
Written 21 December 2018
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Stephen453
Cambridge, UK138 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is a great little museum and well worth a visit.
The guide was very informative and said almshouse was likely to have been the forerunner to the Royal Hospital at Chelsea.
It was good to see that the almshouses are still in use.
The inner courtyard garden was beautiful
Written 7 August 2018
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Grrr1649
Herefordshire, UK40 contributions
A little gem
Oct 2017 • Couples
Really surprising that so many interesting features lie behind the modest facade. Delightful early 17th century courtyard built from masonry from the Dominican priory plus the Hospitallers’ chapel and information about the care they provided. All for a requested donation.
Written 11 October 2017
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Sanda-Be
Kent, UK734 contributions
A small gem.
Jul 2017 • Couples
This museum is only open on two days of the week, Wednesdays and Saturdays, so do check before you try to visit. What an absolute gem of a place! This is the Dominican monastery, home to the Crusdaders of the Order of St. John. You access the museum through the most beautiful gardens of almshouses that I have ever seen. On the ground floor, to the right of the entrance, is a glass panel showing a skeleton of unknown age. Boys will love it! The skeleton is assumed to be that of a monk. Also on the ground floor are display cabinets showing any number of artifacts,and a long table displaying information pamphlets relevant to the old hospital and the Knights Templar. There is a large open fireplace just behind the table. To the right of the entrance door is a small chapel, still in use. Behind the altar is a large stained glass window in three parts and off to the left is another, smaller stained glass window. There is a special chair to the left of the altar, in which the Queen sat to distribute the Maundy money when she came to Hereford Cathedral.
Upstairs are more information boards depicting life in the hospital when it was in use. The original hospital housed old and injured soldiers who were required to wear red coats. This may have been a forerunner of the Chelsea Hospital, whose occupants are still wearing the red coats with pride.There are a couple of beds occupied by dummies of injured old soldiers. The volunteer guide was a local man, hugely knowledgeable about the times of the crusades and a joy to listen to.
Outside you can access the gardens with the ruins of the Blackfriars monastery and a preaching cross, believed to be one of the last surviving crosses in the country. The grounds are very peaceful and the rose garden is lovely, tended by the occupants of the almshouses.
Do visit if you are able, I thoroughly recommend it.
Written 13 August 2017
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triboy_2011
Gloucestershire, UK24 contributions
Hiden Treasure
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is one of the best kept secrets in Hereford if you like history and sightseeing.
It's a great place to visit, lovely and peaceful and informative.
Very laid back and relaxing way to spend a couple of hours and the gargens are wonderful to sit back in and just watch the world go by.
Written 14 July 2017
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Goldens127
London, UK42 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2016 • Friends
Very interesting museum with enthusiastic volunteers and gardens with ruined monastery to wander about in. Well worth a visit. Something different. Need to check opening times.
Written 23 June 2017
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Ian_Chapman
Rotherham, UK359 contributions
A very informative visit.
Apr 2017 • Couples
We were informed of the opening times of this museum which are 11.00-15.00 Wednesday and Saturday. This museum is also residence for six impoverished people. The curator was well versed in his subject and he was prompt in opening the museum. The surroundings were picturesque and the exhibits were in excellent condition for their age.
Written 18 April 2017
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