Almshouse news and stories

The historical aspect of almshouse charities and the legacy of their benefactors are considerable so it is hardly surprising that they are able to present a wide variety of stories and anecdotes ranging from their inception to the present day. There are cases where residents dress in the unusual “uniform” which is unique to their charity and others where splendid architectural features have been unearthed and restored.

The titles of many almshouses have wonderful names: The Eight Men of Broadclyst, The Sisters of Castle Rising and Twitty’s Almshouses, to name a few. Aside from their titles and history, however, the common factor shared amongst all almshouses is that today they continue to provide comfortable and secure homes for those in need, something they have done for centuries.

We would like to share with you some of the interesting articles and stories about our member charities and the almshouse movement today in our posts below.

Affordable Housing Commission Report: Association response

The Almshouse Association commends the final report of the Affordable Housing Commission carried out by Lord Hall and his colleagues....

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Rural Housing Week

This Rural Housing Week is likely to be dominated by the long term impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Action with...

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HRH message: Patron’s Award Ceremony

On 6th May 2020 we would have been celebrating The Almshouse Association 2018 Patron's Award winners at the award ceremony...

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Message from HRH The Prince of Wales

As we all struggle to come to terms with the horror of coping with this terrible disease and all of...

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Almshouses make the national news again

Another great article about the almshouse movement has been published in the national press, this time in The Telegraph. The...

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Our Royal Patron visits the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses in Bedworth

The Almshouse Association was delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to one of our member charities on 18...

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Read all about it!

_________________________________________________ Almshouses and the Almshouse Association have been making the national papers and broadcast media this week. This recognition is...

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Christmas comes early for 645 almshouse residents!

Staff at the Association have been busy posting out Christmas vouchers to 645 almshouse residents who are all aged 90...

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Trinity Hospital Castle Rising

"They must be of honest life and conversation, religious, grave and discreet, able to read, if such a one be...

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St John’s Hospital in Bakewell

Sir John Manners founded St John’s Hospital in Bakewell in 1602, although the idea was initially proposed by Bess of...

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Day’s and Atkinson’s Almshouse Charity

Atkinson’s Almshouse Charity in London was established in 1679 with a legacy from Samuel Atkinson.  The original almshouses had been...

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The Great Hospital, Norwich

Aged priests, poor scholars, and sick and hungry paupers were the original beneficiaries of The Great Hospital in Norwich, founded...

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Almshouses Charity Of Arthur Winsley and Others

A Colchester charity has reopened nine of its almshouses after a £1 million facelift. Former Colchester Mayor, Alderman and farmer...

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