The Duchy of Lancaster

What is the Duchy of Lancaster?

The Duchy of Lancaster is an ancient body responsible for managing a portfolio of land, property and financial investments on behalf of the reigning Monarch who also holds the title of Duke of Lancaster. The Duchy originally began as a gift of land from Henry III to his son Edmund in 1265 from the estates of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, which were seized after his rebellion against the crown in the 1260s and defeat at the Battle of Evesham.

The estates and jurisdiction now known as the Duchy of Lancaster have directly belonged to the reigning Sovereign since 1399. It is administered on behalf of The Queen by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Clerk of the Council.

The rural estates consist of 18,481 hectares of land in England and Wales and comprises commercial, agricultural and residential properties, the majority of which are in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Lincolnshire. Additionally the Duchy has a significant commercial and investment property portfolio centred largely in London.

The Duchy has many other duties including ceremonial, management, educational and church appointments throughout the Duchy lands, as well as the upkeep of castles and historic buildings and the administration of ownerless estates.

So why Trinity Hospital?

In 1331 Henry Grosmont, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Leicester, founded an almshouse for fifty poor and infirm persons, in the Newarke, Leicester. His son Henry, also Duke of Lancaster, established a chantry college in 1354-56. The Hospital was linked with the college, and the number of poor people increased to 100. One penny a day was allowed for the maintenance of each poor person. Further benefactions were made later by John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

In 1614, King James I granted a new Charter, and gave the institution the name “Hospital of the Holy Trinity”. The Mayor of Leicester was to be the Master during his term of office, assisted by four senior Aldermen and two Borough Chamberlains, while the Chaplain was to be appointed by the Duchy of Lancaster.

The medieval building remained unaltered until it was rebuilt in 1776, largely at the expense of King George III. The residential portion had to be rebuilt again in 1901-2 when accommodation for thirty-six residents was provided.

In 1994, the old hospital premises were sold as it was no longer feasible to maintain them, and a nearby site on Western Boulevard was purchased. The new building, with self-contained flats for twenty-two elderly residents and a warden, was formally opened in 1995 and the new Chapel consecrated by the Bishop of Leicester.

An ancient stipend of £246 per annum has been paid by the Duchy of Lancaster to the Hospital since its foundation in 1331. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is a Visitor to Trinity Hospital and appoints the Chaplain by Letters Patent on behalf of Her Majesty.

Canon Barry Naylor

Chaplain of Trinity Hospital

The Master of Trinity Hospital continues to be the Lord Mayor of Leicester during his or her term of office.

An ancient stipend of £246 per annum has been paid by the Duchy of Lancaster to the Hospital since its foundation in 1331. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is a Visitor to Trinity Hospital and appoints the Chaplain by Letters Patent on behalf of Her Majesty.

The present Chaplain is Canon Barry Naylor who was appointed in October 2009.

In the 21st Century the Chaplain of Trinity Hospital is required to be an Anglican Priest, and my role as a member of the Senior Staff and a Governor (Trustee) of the Charity.

As ‘Chaplain’ I am therefore responsible for the regular and special Services (both Anglican and non-denominational) in our lovely Chapel. I am available for pastoral care of residents, staff and relatives (regardless of creed or background). As an ‘ex-officio’ Governor I attend and take part in all Governors meetings (and their committees). As part of the Senior Staff I am involved in much of the day to day life and administration and the office staff.

Canon Barry Naylor

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