As the bells ring out on a Sunday morning in the
picturesque village of Castle
Rising, a procession of ladies wearing bright red
cloaks make their way to the village church of St.
These ladies are the inhabitants of Trinity Hospital or
Bede House located in the village.
On their cloaks are the badge of the Howard
Family who first established the Castle Rising
It was in 1614 that Henry Howard the Earl of Northampton
founded the place and also imposed certain conditions on
its inhabitants, conditions which apply to this day.
The Conditions - along with attending church regularly,
the women must be able to read, must be single,
aged at least 56, no scold, no harlot, no drunkard, no
haunter of tavern, inn or alehouse.
Once a year on founders day these ladies add to their
regalia a black coned hat, similar to the type one would
imagine a witch would wear.