Before the abolition of the monasteries, roadside hospitality was firmly the trade of monastic institutions all over Britain. Many of the signs that grew up outside taverns in cities, towns and the countryside reflect this religious and ecclesiastical influence. Pilgrim routes and sacred Christian shrines were well trod at the peak of Medieval church piety but, sadly, few signs remain today that illustrate this important industry of the road.
Revd Stephen Thatcher has served as rural officer and tourist officer in different dioceses and is currently busy researching monastic hospitality along the Winchester to Canterbury pilgrim way.
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