Our Story

1174 to the current day, still supporting people

Our history Over 840 years of supporting people

For nearly eight and a half centuries, St John’s has been working to support the community of Bath and the surrounding areas. Originally founded as St John’s Hospital, it was sometimes assumed we provided medical care, however the name actually derived from the word ‘hospitality’.

It all began in 1174, when Bishop Reginald Fitzjocelyn established a medieval refuge. His aim was simple: to provide food and shelter for the poor and vulnerable in his parish.

St John’s has continued to provide accommodation and support for over 840 years and is still evolving to deliver an even wider range of services that address the ever-changing needs of the community.

St John's history timeline


St John’s Hospital founded

St John’s Hospital is founded by Bishop Reginald Fitzjocelyn after his appointment as the fourth Bishop of Bath.


St Johns survived dissolution of monasteries

St John’s survived the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII and later received the support of Queen Elizabeth I to undergo improvements and development.


Reform and change

Electoral reform swept through the country and brought significant changes for Bath’s charities, including St John’s.


St Johns Provided critical post war support

St John’s provided critical post-war support in the wake of the devastation of two World Wars


Continuing to support and help our residents

We continue to spearhead an extensive modernisation programme to help improve accommodation and support residents to live as independently as possible, through providing state-of-the-art facilities.