Beck Hall

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Beck Hall, Bec Hall or Bek Hall is a grade II listed 18th-century farmhouse[1] in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England. It is believed to be on the site of a former "hospital" or "hospice" (i.e. a hostel) adjacent to the Chapel of St Paul. The hospital was founded by William of Bec (or Beck): records go back before 1224 (in the reign of King Henry III).[2][3] The hospital was dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury.[4] The hospital (moated) was on the main road between Norwich and Walsingham and was intended for the lodging for a single night of 13 poor travellers as they made their pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The hospital was, at an early date in its history, well endowed with the manors of Bec, Billingford, and Howe, and with certain lands and rents in upwards of thirty Norfolk parishes. The hospital was affected by the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the early 16th century and the hospital and its possessions were granted to Sir John Perrot in the mid 16th century.

An early resident of Bec was Alanus Elfwold (1248).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beck Hall - Billingford - Norfolk - England". British Listed Buildings. 1951-12-04. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  2. ^ Index monasticus; or the abbeys and other monasteries, alien priories... Richard Taylor
  3. ^ Seals By Walter de Gray Birch; Bec, Billingford, Norfolk.
  4. ^ "Hospitals: Beck | British History Online". British-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  5. ^ Humanistiska vetenskaps-samfundet; Lund, Louise Vinge C.W.K. Gleerup. vol. 72-74 p. 22

Coordinates: 52°44′49″N 0°59′39″E / 52.7470°N 0.9941°E / 52.7470; 0.9941