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Well worth a look

Came across the hospital as we walked around Appleby. The houses and chapel are well maintained and... read more

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So lovely and special

Not exactly a hidden gen because it isn't off the beaten track but what a delight especially the... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
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Boroughgate Appleby, Appleby, England
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Reviewed February 10, 2017

This Hospital was founded by Lady Anne Clifford, in 1651 to house 'old female' beggars - became alms-houses. The courtyard is beautiful with its cobbled stone and water / garden features. All the doors to the small houses are painted bright red.

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Reviewed June 5, 2017

This old almshouse is a step back in time - worth a quick visit, but not too much to see. The chapel may be viewed by appointment. It would be of interest to fans of local history, however not a place to take young children.

1  Thank mad_mikeManchester
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came across the hospital as we walked around Appleby. The houses and chapel are well maintained and very clean. The gardens are also well looked after.

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Reviewed October 10, 2018

Not exactly a hidden gen because it isn't off the beaten track but what a delight especially the little Chapel.

Thank Naomiemb3
Reviewed August 13, 2018

This historic building is up on the left on the hill called Boroughgate, which is the main street in Appleby. You need to read the short plaques inside the gate about it. It is not a hospital in the modern sense of the word but...More

1  Thank james c
Reviewed June 7, 2018

It is a historically interesting place, especially the chapel. One can get the feel of times gone bye.

Thank gerrygstockport
Reviewed May 12, 2018

Very interesting place, lovely chapel. very thought provoking. The gardens were a flow with vibrant colours, so many variety of tulips. extremely well maintained.

Thank Cleotheweazel
Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

A lovely place-the chapel is quite moving-worth a visit. A lady who lives within the hospital was going to get her laundry in and kindly explained the history of the chapel and life within the hospital which was a bonus! There are leaflets inside which...More

Thank dawn f
Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

A very interesting way to spend around 20 minutes of your time in Appleby. Located towards the top of the Main Street in Appleby this is a very quaint courtyard, interesting little chapel and pleasant gardens at the rear. Definitely worth a look!

Thank PhilipL10
Reviewed April 6, 2018

Very quaint,,,All the houses have red doors...There is a small chapel in the corner of the courtyard...The cobbles finish off this chocolate box courtyard..There is a small explanation prior to entering......

Thank Brian H
Reviewed December 6, 2017

The Almshouses at the top end of Boroughgate are known as St Anne's Hospital, and were founded in the mid-1600s by the local landowner, Lady Anne Clifford. The site was purchased in 1650 and provision was made for the accommodation of 12 Sisters and a...More

1  Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed November 21, 2017

We stumbled across St Anne's Hospital when wandering around the town of Appleby. What a lovely little property this is. Founded as a hospital, it has retained all its character and is now a series of really small cottages, surrounding a squared courtyard garden, each...More

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