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400th Anniversary News


'George Abbot's Gift to Guildford'
400th Anniversary Exhibition
at Guildford House Gallery
28th September - 2nd November 2019

Celebrate the 400th Anniversary year of Abbot's Hospital at our exhibition 'George Abbot's Gift to Guildford'.  Step back in time at Guildford House Gallery with this fabulous exhibition.  Discover more about George Abbot, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and the wonderful legacy he left to the elderly people of Guildford in 1619.  Features some of the Abbot's Hospital treasures that are not usually on public display.  There is also a short film.  The date has been extended to 2nd November 2019 due to popular demand.  Don't miss this immersive exhibition.

Gallery opening hours: Monday - Saturday at 10:00am - 4:45pm.  No Sunday openings.  FREE ADMISSION
Address: 155 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ

Family Fun Mornings at Guildford House Gallery~ Saturday 19th October and Thursday 31st October

'Brother Henderson' by Jane Allison, 2019

Jacobean costume drawing.  Suitable for children of aged 4+.  Enter our drawing competition with the chance to win a teddy bear from The Bear Garden.  The winner will receive watercolour pencils (suitable for ages 3+) and the winning entry will also be exhibited. Further details to follow. Great fun!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Jane Allison, portrait artist, will be popping in to meet everyone.  A great way to learn new skills and develop your artistic talents!  No booking is necessary and drawing materials will be provided.

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Address:  Guildford House Gallery, 155 High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3AJ
Details can be found on:


Gaudy Lunch Party ~ 22nd October 2019

There will be a private celebratory anniversary lunch party at Abbot's Hospital on 22nd October 2019.  The Gaudy Lunch will be for residents, governors, staff and a number of invited guests who have been helpful to Abbot's Hospital during the 400th Anniversary year.


Shakespeare 'Sonnet Walks' ~ 27th and 28th April 2019

Abbot’s Hospital was included on the  Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) ‘Sonnet Walks’ tour over the weekend of the 27th /28th April 2019.  The tour was very successful and generated a great deal of interest in the Hospital.  A wonderful day.

Garden Party ~ Saturday 22nd June 2019

A Large Garden Party was held on Saturday 22nd June 2019.  Residents were able to invite up to 4 people (family) to  tea and cakes in the lower quad area. Governors and Staff were also  invited to this delightful occasion. The Lord Lieutenant of Surrey unveiled Jane Allison's painting of residents who are currently residing at Abbot’s Hospital.  The portrait was hung in the Common Hall at Abbot's Hospital.

'George Abbot's Gift to Guildford', our 400th Anniversary Film made by Chocolate Films over the summer, has now been released.  The subtitled version of the film is available to view here:

Special guests enjoy Abbot's Hospital party

Mrs Sarah More-Molyneux and the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux

The 400th Anniversary year of Abbot’s Hospital was celebrated on Saturday 22nd June with a garden party for residents and their families within the picturesque walled garden.

Mr. Michael McKechnie, Master of the Hospital, joined the governors to welcome families and friends to the party, which included a three-piece jazz band.  They were joined by special guests the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux, his wife, Mrs Sarah More-Molyneux, the Rt. Hon Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, the Mayor of Guildford Cllr Richard Billington and the Mayoress, Lynda Billington.

Speakers paid tribute to the late Founder, Archbishop George Abbot, whose vision and foresight has provided the elderly people of Guildford with homes since its founding in 1619.

The Chairman of Abbot’s Hospital gave a touching speech, thanking Mr. McKechnie and the Warden, Nicole Clemaron, for their tireless work in looking after the residents and the building.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey explained that over the course of 400 years Abbot’s Hospital has been through a lot, including surviving two world wars: “Definitely the finest building in Guildford,” he said, “the ideals and objectives are still the same as 400 years ago.”

Mrs Sarah More-Molyneux cut the celebratory cake and after a tea arranged by The Promotional Edge Events company, the Lord Lieutenant unveiled an oil painting by portrait artist Jane Allison, featuring the residents. (Surrey Advertiser, 28th June 2019)

2019 Heritage Lottery Award

We have been awarded our Heritage Lottery bid money and, as a result, the Governors have taken on a Heritage Engagement Officer and an Archive  Research Consultant who are responsible for heritage research and delivering heritage events, public relations and marketing during the 2019 Anniversary year.

Their roles encompass: the delivery of the Exhibition at Guildford House Gallery, a 400th Anniversary film, tours, workshops, outreach to the public and the overall smooth running of the “400 Years of Abbot's Hospital” project.