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Abbot's Hospital
Abbot's Hospital, Guildford 1.jpg
Location Guildford, England
Funding Non-profit hospital

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


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 Upper Courtyard was built between 1619 and 1621, and the first residents arrived in 1622. 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.[3]

A heritage appeal in 2004 raised over £500,000 to carry out extensive restoration work and renovation.[4]

Has featured in Guildford's local press regularly for centuries. [5]

Governance and eligibility for residence

The Courtyard at Abbot's Hospital

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.



Media related to Abbot's Hospital, Guildford at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Historic England. "HOSPITAL OF THE BLESSED HOLY TRINITY (1029289)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Abbots Hospital
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Abbott's Hospital conservation
  5. ^
  6. ^ Wyatt Dixon - The Hospital Of The Blessed Trinity (Abbot’s Hospital)

Coordinates: 51°14′11″N 0°34′16″W / 51.236366°N 0.571037°W / 51.236366; -0.571037

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Guildford Hospital

George Abbot, born the son of a local worker in 1562, was educated at the Grammar School, went to Oxford University in 1579 and became University Vice-Chancellor in 1600, Bishop in 1609 and went on to be appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the English Church in 1611.

In 1619, he began building the Hospital of the Blessed Trinity in the High Street, now referred to as Abbot

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