TQ5446 : Almshouses, Leigh

taken 8 years ago, near to Leigh, Kent, Great Britain

Almshouses, Leigh
Almshouses, Leigh
Leigh
Leigh is a small village three miles west of Tonbridge. It possesses a range of services including a church, two pubs, primary school, Post Office, shops, cricket club and a village green.
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Almshouses
Almshouses are charitable housing provided to enable people (typically elderly people who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent) to live in a particular community. They are often targeted at the poor of a locality, at those from certain forms of previous employment, or their widows, and are generally maintained by a charity or the trustees of a bequest.
Alms are, money or services donated to support the poor and indigent. Almshouses were established from the 10th century in Britain, to provide a place of residence for poor, old and distressed folk. The first recorded almshouse was founded in York by King Athelstan; the oldest still in existence is the Hospital of St. Cross in Winchester, dating to about 1132. In the Middle Ages, the majority of European hospitals functioned as almshouses.
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TQ5446, 534 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 10 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 16 October, 2009
Category
Almshouses   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 548 464 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.7782N 0:12.8470E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 547 464
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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