Founded in 1132, the hospital is the oldest charitable institution in England. It was established by Henri du Blois, the grandson of William the Conqueror, as a link for social care and to supply life's necessities to the local poor and famished travelers. It continues the tradition of providing refreshments to visitors. Simply stop at the Porter's Lodge for a Wayfarer's Dole, and you'll receive some bread and ale. In the inner courtyard of the hospital, you can see the Brethren's houses from 1450, the refectory, and a church, which is a fine example of medieval architecture (ca. 1250). Inside the church is a lectern from 1510. In the south chapel is a triptych created in the 1530s. The English lyric poet, John Keats, has associations with this hospital. He spent 3 months here in 1818 attending his brother, Tom, who was seriously ill with tuberculosis. After your visit to this complex, you can head east to St. Catherine's Hill, rising 78m (255 ft.). Once here, you can enjoy a vista of the town and country and see the ruins of an Iron Age fort and a medieval chapel. On a clear day you can see the hamlet of Chilcomb to the northeast, with its small early Norman church.