In the early decades of the 17th century extensive improvements were made to Long Alley Almshouses including the construction of three porches featuring painted panels by Sampson Strong, an Oxford artist. A major refurbishment of the Hospital Hall included the insertion of a lantern in the roof and a new stone-mullioned bay window with battlements. Wainscot was brought up river from London to panel the walls of the Hall and bench seating constructed around the walls. William Jarrett, an Abingdon joiner, was paid four pounds for making the large oak table which still dominates the Hospital Hall.
The Hall at Long Alley is still used today for resident’s social functions and the monthly meeting of the Governor’s of Christs Hospital. It is open to the public during Heritage Weekend each year – this generally takes place in September (please keep an eye on the News/Calendar section for this year’s date).