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The Hospital of the Blessed Trinity, better known as Abbot's Hospital, is a Grade I listed Jacobean building and charity in Guildford.[1]

Hospital of the Blessed Trinity
Abbot's Hospital Trustee Company
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Abbot's Hospital, Guildford
Abbot's Hospital is located in Surrey
Abbot's Hospital
LocationHigh Street, Guildford, England
Coordinates51°14′11″N 0°34′16″W / 51.236366°N 0.571037°W / 51.236366; -0.571037Coordinates: 51°14′11″N 0°34′16″W / 51.236366°N 0.571037°W / 51.236366; -0.571037
FundingNon-profit hospital
Hospital typeResidential
PatronArchbishop of Canterbury
ListsHospitals in England


The hospital was founded by George Abbot, the Archbishop of Canterbury (1611–1633) in 1619 to provide homes for the elderly of Guildford.[2] It is on the High Street in Guildford, opposite the Holy Trinity Church, where its founder, the Archbishop, is buried.

The architecture and layout echoed that of contemporary Oxford colleges. The Upper Courtyard was built between 1619 and 1621, and the first residents were admitted on 29 October 1622, Abbot's 60th birthday. Initially it provided accommodation for twelve men and eight women, all of whom had to be single.[3] A set of flats was built in the lower courtyard in 1984, providing accommodation for seven couples.

Farmed land in Outwood belonged to the institution in 1911.[4]

A heritage appeal in 2004 raised over £500,000 to carry out extensive restoration work and renovation.[5]

Governance and eligibility for residenceEdit

Originally the hospital operated under a charter granted by James I.[3] Now the Abbot's Hospital Trustee Company's legal framework of how it administers its services is determined by an Act of Parliament: the Hospital of the Blessed Trinity (Guildford) Charity Scheme Confirmation Act 1953 as modified by subsequent schemes of regulation, which includes receiving periodic residential satisfaction questionnaires. The Mayor of the borough, the priests of three closest Anglican parishes and the Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Guildford are governors and thereby trustees; as too are two appointed by Guildford Borough Council and the remainder are persons residing or carrying on business in or near the Borough of Guildford co-opted by the Board, subject to the approval of the Archbishop of Canterbury – the Hospital's official visitor. A resident Master continues to be responsible for its overall supervision.

Couples were already eligible before the premises were widened, as were widowed and single elderly, subject to meeting any one of three borough connection requirements, a ceiling on wealth and being of sufficiently good health to lead an independent life.



  1. ^ Historic England. "HOSPITAL OF THE BLESSED HOLY TRINITY (1029289)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  2. ^ Abbots Hospital
  3. ^ a b "History". Abbot's Hospital. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  4. ^ H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Burstow". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 1 December 2013.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Abbott's Hospital conservation
  6. ^ Wyatt Dixon - The Hospital Of The Blessed Trinity (Abbot’s Hospital)