Almshouse 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 stories about our member charities.

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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The United Charities of Abel Collin, Beeston

Every almshouse property has a special story behind it and Abel Collin homes in Beeston, Nottingham has a very honorable...
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Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association

A Durham almshouse resident who cared for her neighbour after she was diagnosed with cancer has been described as a...
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