Almshouse news and stories

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

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.

Case Studies from Taunton Heritage Trust

The Taunton Heritage Trust is an almshouse charity based in Taunton, Somerset.  We provide 66 almshouse flats in the town...
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WW1 Compass returned to almshouse founder’s family

A First World War compass owned by the son of Cardiff shipping magnate, Liberal Party MP and High Sheriff of...
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Live longer – live in an almshouse?

"So where are the next community philanthropists coming from?" By: Nick Phillips CEO | The Almshouse Association | 25 May...
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Ceremonial bread presentation tradition continues

The recently revived traditional Richard Smith for Bread donation of bread to almspeople took place on Wednesday 17 May outside...
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Almshouses in the national news!

Today in the Guardian, journalist Amelia Hill explores almshouses and the impact they are having on their residents. ‘Affordable and...
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Study finds living in an almshouse can boost life expectancy

Living in an almshouse can boost the longevity of its residents by as much as two-and-a-half years compared to their...
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Why Derby’s almshouses are still important today

Writer for Great British Life, Louise Jones, discovers how Derby's oldest charity is evolving to meet modern needs and explores...
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Sutton Coldfield’s refurb completed

£870,000 refurbishments to almshouses in Sutton Coldfield completed. by Matthew Panterin Express and Star, 26 April 2023 A second phase...
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Andover Acre Almshouse renovations begin

Kiran Sajan, reporter for the Andover Advertiser recently wrote an article on the renovations taking place at Andover Acre Almshouses....
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King Charles III Coronation Tea Parties!

We have some wonderful photos coming in from our members of their Coronation celebrations! Above and below, residents, trustees, family...
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The Coronation

The Almshouse Association sends the warmest of wishes to His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort on...
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Wiltshire almshouse given complete makeover

John Baker 26 March 2023 Writing for the Wiltshire Times, John Baker takes a tour around the newly renovated Lady...
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