Sexey's Hospital

Sexey's Hospital in Bruton, Somerset, England was built around 1630 as almshouses. The West Wing and chapel have been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1] The East Wing and gateway are grade II listed.[2]

Sexey's Hospital
Sexeys Hospital.jpg
LocationBruton, Somerset, England
Coordinates51°06′43″N 2°27′18″W / 51.11194°N 2.45500°W / 51.11194; -2.45500Coordinates: 51°06′43″N 2°27′18″W / 51.11194°N 2.45500°W / 51.11194; -2.45500
Builtc. 1630
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameWest Wing and chapel
Designated24 March 1961[1]
Reference no.261594
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameEast Wing and gateway link to West
Designated24 March 1961[2]
Reference no.261593
Sexey's Hospital is located in Somerset
Sexey's Hospital
Location of Sexey's Hospital in Somerset

Hugh Sexey (1556–1619), was a local landowner. By the age of 43 he had been appointed as Royal auditor of the Exchequer to King James I.[3] After his death the trustees of his will established Sexey's Hospital in Bruton as an institution to care for the elderly.

A trust of 1638 set out the role of the hospital in caring for 12 poor men and women. This later rose to 18 people, and it provided a school for 12 boys, and staff comprised a governor, a schoolmaster, and a nurse. by 1812 this had risen to 20; 10 men and 10 women and in 1902 there were 15 residents. In 1997 there were 22 residents with vacancies for a further 2.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Sexey's Hospital: West Wing and chapel". English Heritage. Retrieved 3 July 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "East Wing and gateway". English Heritage. Retrieved 3 July 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Sexey's history: Where does the name come from?". Sexey's School. Retrieved 15 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Bruton". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 7: Bruton, Horethorne and Norton Ferris Hundreds (1999), pp. 18-42. British History Online. Retrieved 3 July 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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