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Photo #1 from New York City, USA by Escape made on 2019-02-20 03:37 for Sola
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The Hospital of St. Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is one of England’s oldest charitable institutions. Founded in Winchester sometime between 1132 and 1136, it was created to house a small group of poor men (who eventually became the Brothers of St. Cross) and feed needy travelers who came to its gates. One of its charitable practices, providing the Wayfarer’s Dole, continues today. In this tradition, all visitors who knock on the heavy wooden door of the Porter’s Lodge and ask for the Dole will receive a small cup of beer and a morsel of bread.

The custom was started by a monk from Cluny, France, who worked at St. Cross. This monk’s holy order would always give bread and wine to travelers, so the hospital adopted the idea and anglicized it by substituting beer for the wine.

The hospital (which is a “hospital” in the older sense of the word, meaning a charitable institution, not a medical facility) now hosts 25 brothers and welcomes visitors from around the world. In addition to the Dole, visitors can enjoy St. Cross’s beautiful Norman church, Tudor cloister, and extensive gardens.

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flack
So that’s where the dole came from! In George Orwell’s ‘down and out in Paris and London’ he talks about huge mobs of unemployed homeless men who would walk a route between places that would give them a cup of tea, a piece of bread and a dry place to sleep for the night.
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The time where the Tradition was founded the european history was written..,turmoils times with famoust actors still today ! 😇
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