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Sherburn Hospital
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Sherburn Hospital Chapel
Sherburn Hospital
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Location Sherburn House, County Durham, England
Coordinates 54°46′05″N1°31′23″W / 54.768°N 1.523°W / 54.768; -1.523 Coordinates: 54°46′05″N1°31′23″W / 54.768°N 1.523°W / 54.768; -1.523
Type Leper hospital
Opened1181 (1181)

Sherburn Hospital (also known as Christ's Hospital in Sherburn) is a medieval hospital located in the hamlet of Sherburn House to the southeast of Durham, England.



The hospital was founded in 1181 by Hugh de Puiset (Bishop Pudsey), to care for 65 lepers and dedicated to "our Lord, to the Blessed Virgin, to St. Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha". [1] Its statutes were amended at the request of Bishops Richard Kellaw and Thomas Langley. [1]

The hospital was endowed with a range of lands, including Sherburn, Garmondsway Moor, Ebchester, Whitton, Raceby and Sheraton. [1]

Sherburn Hospital survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the associated closures of many hospitals (including nearby Kepier) and a new constitution was introduced by Act of Parliament in 1585 for the establishment of "The Master and Brethren of Christ's Hospital in Sherborne near Durham". [1]

George Stanley Faber became master of the hospital in 1832 and devoted much of his income to improving it. He died there in 1854 and was buried in its chapel. [2]

The hospital became very wealthy due to coal mining on its estates. As a result, a new regime was introduced in 1857 by the charity commissioners meaning: [3]

The chapel and the gatehouse are grade II* listed buildings. [4] [5]

The hospital, as Sherburn House Charity, now provides residential care and sheltered housing for residents and former residents of the ancient diocese of Durham, and is a significant grant making body to individuals and local community groups, in line with the charity's objects. [6]

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  2. Wikisource-logo.svg  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain :  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1889). "Faber, George Stanley". Dictionary of National Biography . 18. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. "History". Sherburn House Charity. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  4. Historic England. "Sherburn Hospital Chapel (1159384)". National Heritage List for England .
  5. Historic England. "Sherburn Hospital Gatehouse (1311049)". National Heritage List for England .
  6. "Charity Framework, Sherburn House Charity - Charitable Objects". Charity Commission. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2018.