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Plaque 17   Lloyds Bank, Cathedral Square
A hospital (almshouse) and chapel were begun on this site by Abbot William de Waterville in about 1172 and completed by his successor Abbot Benedict. Benedict was formerly Prior of Christ Church, Canterbury and brought with him some relics of St Thomas Becket who was martyred there in 1170. The relics were particularly valuable in attracting pilgrims so the nave of the chapel, built out in such a prominent position in the Market Place, was a very suitable place to house them. It is believed that the chapel was demolished in the 15th century. The chancel however remained standing, as it does today, and for some time after the Reformation was used as the Cathedral Grammar School.
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