Our History

We are incredibly proud of our rich history and we are one of the oldest charities in the country, dating back to the 12th Century. The original founders are unknown.

The charity has been intimately connected with the city of Winchester for over 900 years, the original St John’s Hospital being the focal point for civic and community life in medieval Winchester. The charity received significant bequests from the Devenish family in the 13th Century and a prominent London-based Elizabethan merchant, Ralph Lamb.