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
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TQ6240 : Almshouses, Hastings Rd by N Chadwick
TR1457 : Eastbridge Hospital (Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr ) by N Chadwick
SD9048 : The Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ3938 : Sackville College by N Chadwick
TL5338 : 4 - 8, Abbey Lane by N Chadwick
TL4559 : Victoria Homes by N Chadwick
TQ3788 : Bakers' Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ5343 : Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ5841 : Gallards Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ2597 : Pagitt's Almshouses, Monken Hadley by N Chadwick
TL4457 : Perse Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ5446 : Almshouses, Leigh by N Chadwick
TQ5446 : Southdown House by N Chadwick
TQ7550 : Almshouses, Linton by N Chadwick
TL4457 : Perse Almshouses by N Chadwick
SU8981 : Smythes Almshouses by N Chadwick
TL4457 : Perse Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ5946 : Almshouses, Church St by N Chadwick
TL5256 : Almshouses, Church Lane by N Chadwick
TL4457 : Perse Almshouses by N Chadwick
TL3171 : Pilgrims Rest Almshouses by N Chadwick
TR1457 : Pilgrims' Hospital by N Chadwick
SU9949 : Caleb Lovejoy Almshouses by N Chadwick
TL4457 : Perse Almshouses by N Chadwick
TQ5056 : Former Almshouses by N Chadwick

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

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