Not so new actually

The Harry Potter author\’s financing of a new medical centre is part of the trend for individuals to pay for facilities that the Government cannot buy.

Fair play to her of course, but this isn\’t exactly new.

It was founded in 1123 by Raherus or Rahere (died 1144, and entombed in the nearby priory church of St Bartholomew-the-Great), a favourite courtier of King Henry I…………..The room to which the staircase leads is the hospital\’s Great Hall, a double-height room in Baroque style. Although there are a few paintings inside the Great Hall, nearly all are on movable stands: the walls themselves are mostly given over to the display of the very many large, painted plaques which list, in detail, the sums of money given to the hospital by its benefactors. Some of the donations recorded in £sd (pounds, shillings and pence) are odd amounts because they were the remains of an estate after all other bequests had been settled; other odd amounts were donated as round numbers of guineas but recorded as £sd.

2 comments on “Not so new actually

  1. Rich people giving their own money to fund good things? It’s a fucking scandal. Who do they think they are are. If she has that much money to give away then clearly her taxes aren’t high enough.

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