It was a lovely day yesterday in Winchester, fresher and cooler than of late. This is the Hospital of St Cross, a short stroll from the city centre along the River Itchen across water meadows. In many ways it is Winchester’s best kept secret so far as tourists are concerned. It is a tranquil community founded in 1132 and incorporates a very large church, barns, gardens and almshouses founded in 1132. St Cross is home to 25 Brothers. The Hospital of St Cross is famous for its unique and ancient tradition of providing the Wayfarer’s Dole. The Dole is a horn of beer and a morsel of bread given to any visitor who requests it. The custom was founded by a monk from Cluny in France, whose holy order always gave bread and wine to travellers. The tradition still continues today. But if you don’t request the Dole you won’t be offered it! St Cross is a five minute diversion from the M3 (J11) if you should be down in this neck of the woods and would like to follow the tradition and take the Dole. #bestkeptsecret

July 11, 2018 at 10:04AM It was a lovely day yesterday in Winchester, fresher and cooler than of late. This is the Hospital of St Cross, a short stroll from the city centre along the River Itchen across water meadows. In many ways it is Winchester’s best kept secret so far as tourists are concerned. It is a tranquil community founded in 1132 and incorporates a very large church, barns, gardens and almshouses founded in 1132. St Cross is home to 25 Brothers. The Hospital of St Cross is famous for its unique and ancient tradition of providing the Wayfarer’s Dole. The Dole is a horn of beer and a morsel of bread given to any visitor who requests it. The custom was founded by a monk from Cluny in France, whose holy order always gave bread and wine to travellers. The tradition still continues today. But if you don’t request the Dole you won’t be offered it! St Cross is a five minute diversion from the M3 (J11) if you should be down in this neck of the woods and would like to follow the tradition and take the Dole. #bestkeptsecret
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