Almshouses :: Shared Description

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.
An incomplete list of British Almshouses can be found at LinkExternal link
by N Chadwick
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TQ5446 : Southdown House, The Square by N Chadwick
TL4457 : Perse Almshouses by N Chadwick
TR1557 : Coopers Almshouses by N Chadwick
SX4854 : Lanyons Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ5946 : Almshouses, Church St by N Chadwick
TL4557 : Royal Albert Homes by N Chadwick
TQ5845 : Petley Court by N Chadwick
TL4559 : Victoria Homes by N Chadwick
TF0920 : BUC almshouses, West street - dedication Plaque by Bob Harvey
TQ5343 : Almshouses by N Chadwick
SY4692 : South Street Almshouse by N Chadwick
SY9187 : Eastern end of Almshouses by Bob Harvey
TL4558 : Almshouses, King St by N Chadwick
TL4218 : Village sign and Almshouses, High Street, Much Hadham by PAUL FARMER
SY9287 : Bell tower by Bob Harvey
TL4558 : King Street Almshouses by N Chadwick
TL4558 : Jakenetts Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ3938 : Sackville College by N Chadwick
TL4860 : Almshouses by N Chadwick
TR1457 : St Mary's Court Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ7630 : Dunk's School and Almshouses, Hawkhurst by N Chadwick
TL5256 : Almshouses, Church Lane by N Chadwick
TQ3570 : The Royal Waterman's and Lighterman's Asylum by N Chadwick
TQ1676 : Sir Thomas Ingrams Almshouses by N Chadwick
SX4854 : Lanyons Almshouses by N Chadwick

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Created: Wed, 25 Jan 2012, Updated: Wed, 25 Jan 2012

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