400th Anniversary year of George Abbot's gift to the people of Guildford
The Hospital of the Blessed Trinity or Abbot's Hospital as it is better known today is 400 years old this year. Set in beautiful historic surroundings, this wonderful building provides independent living in the heart of Guildford.
Founded in 1619 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury as a gift "out of my love to the place of my birth" it was not Abbot's intention to provide a "hospital" in the modern sense of the word but a place of shelter for the elderly poor of the town - 12 single men and 8 single women - under the care of a resident Master. Nearly 400 years after the first residents moved in, Abbot's Hospital continues to offer town centre accommodation within a sociable and supportive environment for local elderly people.
"Arguably the finest historic building in Guildford"
A magnificent Jacobean building listed Grade 1, Abbot's Hospital is opposite Holy Trinity Church where George Abbot is buried and is just yards away from Abbot's memorial statue at the junction of Upper High Street.
Abbot's Hospital can be visited as part of a tour programme and rooms are available for hire as a venue for receptions or corporate events.