THE OLD VICARAGE AND QUEEN ANNE’S HOSPITAL

Down St. Johns Street on the right hand side as you near the Iron Bridge is an ancient stone house that was the Vicarage until 1875. At the rear of this house there is medieval stone wall, once part of a Tudor structure. Next door are the almshouses known as Queen Anne’s Hospital, the fourth such premises on this sight (the original being 13th century). There is an interesting plaque above one of the front windows dated 1615, dedicating the hospital to the people of the town from Queen Anne, wife of James I.
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