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Monday, 1 February 2016

Museum of St John

St John's gate is the entrance to the former Priory of the Knights of St John.  The Museum of St John tells the story from  the order of St John in Jerusalem to the role of St John's Ambulance  today.

It is a small museum but very informative charting the history of the order. The order of St John was founded in Jerusalem to care for pilgrims travelling to the Holy land. As the order grew they were given lands in England and other parts of Europe which provided food, money and people for their work. The order of St John has occupied land here in Clerkenwell since 1140 when the land was donated to the Knights for the building of their Priory which became the Knights English headquarters. Three religious communities resided here - the Priory of St John, the Nunnery of St Mary and later the Charterhouse.







Near to St John's gate and the museum  is the Priory Church of the order of St John of Jerusalem. It was consecrated in 1185 but destroyed by enemy action in 1941. However the 12th cent crypt still remains.
When Henry VIII  broke from the church of Rome and became Head of the Church of England in 1534 he began to close religious houses and communities throughout England and Wales with all their wealth transferring to the Crown.














In 1540 King Henry VIII took the order's property including the Priory at Clerkenwell.





In 1874 Sir Edmund Lechmere, a member of the modern British order of St John's, bought St John's Gate and had it renovated. It was from here that the work of the Order and St John Ambulance around the world began. In 1888 Queen Victoria granted a Royal Charter to the British Order of St John and it became a Royal Order of Chivalry.













The founders of St John wanted the organisation to resume the original ethos of caring for the sick as well as being an order of chivalry. The organisation was the first to give medical knowledge to the public in the form of First Aid classes. The founders also set up Britain's first system of care and treatment for victims of accidents. In 1877 St John Ambulance Association was formed.


Today the headquarters of St John Ambulance is  next door to St John's Gate.




27 comments:

  1. What a long and illustrious history for this place and order. I'm glad British monarchs today don't have the power of Henry VIII.

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  2. This is so interesting! Thanks for posting your photos and providing the history.

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  3. Hello, the museum is an interesting place to visit. Always nice to learn the history of these places you visit. Wonderful collection of photos. Happy February, enjoy your new week!

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  4. Wonderful captures and history!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Hope your new week and new month are off to a great start!!

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  5. wow lovely and interesting place

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  6. Such a rich and fascinating history in your world. Interesting to hear of this aspect of Henry V111, as he is known most it seems for executing his wives!

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  7. I love this glimpse of history. I admire the Crusaders who were moved to action when Christian pilgrims were stopped by the Muslims from entering the Holy Lands. This particular order is very public spirited, I see from your post.

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  8. More wonderful photography and fascinating and informative post ~ thanks!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  9. It is quite obvious in the fourth photo that much rebuilding was done. I like the poster.

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  10. The Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, also known as Order of Saint John, Order of Hospitallers, Knights Hospitaller, and the Hospitallers. We get our word Hospital from them!

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  11. always wonderful photos and text, cheers.

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  12. Another of your great tours. It is like I am walking with a camera there.

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  13. Never knew St John's Ambulance came from that. Must visit when I get a chance to go sometime

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  14. Thanks for that history lesson of St Johns Ambulance. I didn't know any of that of course. Nice bike!

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  15. Old world charm .... and great, absolutely rich history!!!

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  16. Interesting history wonderfully narrated with beautiful images!

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  17. My sister works for the St. John's Ambulance with the homeless. Unfortunately, the government is reducing funds and trying to shut them down.

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  18. Great history --and OH, so interesting.... Caring for the sick should STILL be a priority for us!!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. You have put together a lovely little tour. So much history...something I never get tired of.

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  20. Beautiful, environmentally-friendly ambulance!
    Almost resembles my Thorn Nomad MKII.
    Good Day!

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  21. Love historic buildings - beautiful! Henry VII - had gusts, but in a good way? ( forgot what history said about him). Um, maybe a dumb question, but does the yellow bike have to do with the St. John's order?

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  22. Interesting history ! We have a St. John's school in Waterloo for English speaking children.

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  23. So old! I'm immersed in American history at the moment and thinking in terms of old being a couple hundred years! It's interesting to see how their mission has changed over so many centuries and yet stayed the same.

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  24. So lovely to have a visit to museum and to discover aspects, to learn about them!! History is always amazing! Greetings!

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  25. Well I learned something new today. Thanks for the info and photos. King Henry VIII was a mean one.

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  26. I too learned a lot. We appreciate all of your research. janey

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