Archbishop Holgate Hospital, Hemsworth

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Over 450 years experience of accommodating, supporting and caring for older people from the local area who are in need.


Welcome to Archbishop Holgate Hospital Hemsworth, providing almshouses for older, (Over 60 years) vulnerable local people who are in need, and local young people needing financial assistance for their education.


Located in beautiful West Yorkshire countryside, on the edge of the small village of South Heindley near Hemsworth, our accommodation and community are designed to provide a comfortable and safe environment with a Christian ethos.

We are not a hospital as we understand it today. Our word hospital comes from the Latin ‘hospes’ meaning both host and guest. The word reflects our Christian duty to shelter those in need. An obligation we continue to fulfil today as a result of the generous bequest of our benefactor and founder.

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Years of History




A Caring Community

 Archbishop Holgate Hospital

At Archbishop Holgate Hospital, Hemsworth we understand that as people move into their later years and into retirement they can become isolated and daunted by the challenges which this time of life presents. Personal financial and social support, while they are still physically fit, is uppermost in their needs.


We are proud to offer to members of our local parishes, who have no-one else to turn to, accommodation in modernised self-contained cottages. The hospital consists of 24 almshouses, a chapel, community hall and ancillary buildings. 


Established in the 16th Century by a philanthropist Archbishop of York, to provide a place of warmth, safety and sanctuary to those in need. This almshouse model community was instituted as a direct instruction of the last will and testament of Robert Holgate,


‘…two years after my decease found erect or make or cause to be founded erected made and incorporated one hospital of one Master and Twenty Brethren & Sisters in Hemsworth in the said county of York to continue for ever,’


Today’s community has at its heart the Christian gospel to love one another just as I have loved you, and the passage from the Book of Proverbs One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,And He will repay him for his good deed. The Hospital continues to support those in need from the locality, spiritually, educationally and through its accommodation as directed by Archbishop Robert Holgate.


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Supporting Those In Need

This hospital offers a home to all who wish to live independently, but with the peace of mind that help is at hand if needed. A small, dedicated team work to provide support to all who live here.


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In Beautiful Surroundings 

Archbishop Holgate Hospital is set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside between the towns of Barnsley and Pontefract in a peaceful semi-rural setting close to the M1 and A1.

Surrounded by farms and woodland our relaxing setting provides residents with an holistic comfortable and safe environment away from many of the pressures of life. Here they can enjoy an active retirement in calm and tranquil surroundings.


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Supporting Your Wellbeing

There are 24 cottages in easy reach of multiple facilities, services and social opportunities in Hemsworth. Good access to local transport enables effective connections to journey further afield. Residents also benefit from the events and facilities onsite at Ebor Hall, the allotments and the Chapel.


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Supporting Those in Education

Archbishop Holgate Hospital, Hemsworth has an education foundation which provides financial assistance towards the education and training of persons under 25 years of age who are resident in local parishes.


Our Values

‘At Archbishop Holgate Hospital our community is founded on the Christian Values of love, peace, friendship, compassion and faith resonating with the will of Archbishop Robert Holgate. Our values are vital to our way of life as a community providing fellowship for one another.

‘Living here is exactly what I longed for. I have peace and quiet, kind friends, regular services

in our lovely Chapel. That means everything to me’  a ‘Sister’ of the Hospital, 2024


supported project e.g. St Helen’s Hemsworth

One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed. Proverbs 19:17