Sunday, October 5, 2008


Sir Walter Scott’s Monkbarns

Hospitalfield House

Hospitalfield was originally a plague and leprosy hospice, founded as the Hospital of St. John in the mid-1200s. The present building may contain fragments of the original building (just to the left of the front door) but what we see today dates from the mid-1800s. Sir Walter Scott’s fictional "Monkbarns" from "The Antiquary" was based upon the early nineteenth century Hospitalfield House.

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