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Infirmary Ruins @ Gloucester Cathedral

In the 13th century, three centuries before the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter would become Gloucester Cathedral, an infirmary was built on the northern side. The infirmary was connected to the abbey by a 'slype', a covered passage leading to the cathedral cloisters.

In the 15th century, the infirmary acquired its own cloisters, the Little Cloister, the west alley of which was at some stage incorporated into the Little Cloister House, originally built in the 13th century and now part of King’s School.

The east end of the infirmary was demolished in the 17th century, while the west end was incorporated into a block of tenements. The east and west alleys of the Little Cloisters were demolished around the same time, leaving only the ‘garth’ walls, the inner walls enclosing the central garden.

The tenements were removed in 1860, revealing the infirmary arches we see today. The remains of the Little Cloisters were restored to their current condition in the 20th century.

The Historic England listings are 1271583 (infirmary arches), 1271578 (Little Cloister), 1271579 (Little Cloister House - part of King's School) and 1271582 (slype to cathedral cloisters). All four are grade I.

See also

Cathedral articles already published on this site with galleries and brief histories:

In 2007 Gloucester City Council designated fourteen Conservation Areas, among them the cathedral precinct, which are "of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance."


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