The Maison Dieu, Dover

The Maison Dieu, Dover (must see)

The Hospital of St Mary, Domus Dei, or Maison Dieu, is a medieval building in Dover, which forms part of the Old Town Hall buildings. It was founded in 1203 by Hubert de Burgh, the Constable of Dover Castle, as the "Hospital of the Mason Dieu" to accommodate pilgrims coming from the Continent to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. de Burgh gave the manors of River and Kingsdown to the hospital in order to fund it.

The original buildings consisted of one large hall with a kitchen and living quarters attached for the Master and Brethren who 'practised hospitality to all strangers'. The hospital accommodated permanent pensioners and other wounded and poor soldiers, as well as pilgrims. In 1834, the building was sold to the Corporation of Dover who used the Maison Dieu as the Town Hall. At first, the building was used by the Town Council with minimal restorations. Eventually, the Council turned the old chapel into a courtroom and built a prison below. The Council decided to fully restore the building, and in 1851 they agreed to implement renovations suggested by Victorian architect Ambrose Poynter.
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The Maison Dieu on Map

Sight Name: The Maison Dieu
Sight Location: Dover, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Dover, England

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

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Dover Pubs Tour

Dover Pubs Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Historical Sights of Dover

Historical Sights of Dover

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Dover's Historical Churches Tour

Dover's Historical Churches Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Dover Introduction Walk

Dover Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles