A History of Doughty's Hospital, Norwich, 1687-2009 by Nigel Goose

By Nigel Goose

In line with fundamental assets and interviews with present citizens and up to date trustees, this good researched heritage lines the expansion and growth of Doughty’s medical institution, an almshouse in Norwich, England, whereas studying many of the philanthropic tasks and social rules in Britain as a complete. From the hospital’s starting place on the bequest of the departed William Doughty in 1687 to its current , this checklist considers key facets of the hospital’s improvement, together with its citizens, employees, monetary administration, and principles and rules. With chapters at the 18th, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, this account makes a important contribution to the background of social welfare.

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50 P. Dunn, ‘Trade’, in Rawcliffe and Wilson (eds), Medieval Norwich, ch. 9. 51 C. Harper-Bill and C. Rawcliffe, ‘The religious houses’, and D. King, ‘Glass-painting’, in Rawcliffe and Wilson (eds), Medieval Norwich, chs 4 and 5 respectively; J. , pp. 60–2. 52 Dunn, ‘Trade’, p. 220; Hatcher, ‘The great slump’. 53 The priory was constructed for the habitation of sixty Benedictine monks but records show that up to 250 people ate meals in the priory each day. 57 The Great Hospital of St Giles was founded in 1249, adjacent to the Cathedral Close, by Bishop Walter de Suffield.

Hallett, Almshouses (Shire Publications: Princes Risborough, 2004), pp. 23–36; Caffrey, Almshouses, pp. 21–48; Howson, Almshouses, pp. 77–108. Caffrey, Almshouses, p. 35. The bequest of William Doughty belonged, or ever had belonged, to the Church and – very sensibly – no land that was liable to flooding or subject to taxes to provide sea defences. It was the income from these rents that would fund the maintenance of the hospital and its residents. From these proceeds his trustees were first to deduct the charges of repairing the almshouse, and defray all their charges and expenses in executing the trust.

110; M. Winston, ‘The bethel at Norwich: an eighteenthcentury hospital for lunatics’, Medical History,Vol. 38 (1994), pp. 27–51. 56 Dain, ‘Enlightened and polite society’, p. 213. 57 Ibid. 58 Hooper, Norwich charities, pp. 137–47. 59 Meeres, History of Norwich, p. 110. 60 Cherry, ‘Medical care since 1750’, pp. 274–5. 61 Ibid. In and out of the fire: the achievement of financial stability kitchens were set up, while flour and meal supplies were subsidised to keep prices down. 63 From 1789 the Hospital Committee recorded a list of approved workmen to be used for the coming year by the four hospitals they administered, perhaps reflecting a tightening of control over the maintenance of these institutions.

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