During the Middle Ages, many monasteries had an infirmary and a hospital where they treated the sick. This was also the case for the Augustinian Priory of St Mary Overie, later known as the Priory of St Thomas Beckett that was located where Southwark Cathedral now stands. This Priory was destroyed by a fire in 1212, and soon afterwards the monastic community obtained a new site on the east side of what is now Borough High Street. St Thomas' then provided shelter for the sick, the needy and the dying in its hospital for the next 650 years. Throughout this time, the hospital went through several renovations, moving away from a monastic context and creating in is wake a new identity more in tune with the concept of "hospital" that we have today. Join Monica A. Walker, Ph.D. in Art History, for this fascinating journey into building the identity of Old St Thomas' Hospital.
This talk is part of London Festival of Architecture, 2018.
Doors will open at 6:30 PM.