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The The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty was founded as a hospital for the poor between 1132 and 1136 by Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester, grandson of William the Conqueror and younger brother of King Stephen. Endowments enabled it to prosper and provide. In 1445, another powerful Bishop of Winchester, Cardinal Henry Beaufort, created the Order of Noble Poverty, and added the almshouses to the existing Hospital buildings. It continues to provide homes to twenty five brothers, who wear distinctive black or claret coloured robes. Visitors are able to see the Norman style church, Master’s Garden – and there is a teahouse and shop. The Hospital of St Cross is famous for the Wayfarer’s Dole - a horn of beer or ale with a piece of white bread given to any traveller that asks for it.
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