Aged Pilgrims' Home

81 Vartry Road, Stamford Hill, N15 6QD


In 1883, despite being in her 80s and in poor health, Miss Sarah Ward founded and endowed these almshouses on behalf of the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society. She lived nearby in Sidney Place and even managed to oversee the building work herself.

The almshouses overlooked the temporary iron church of St John's in Franklin Road and the surrounding fields.

Each almsperson had two rooms and received an annual stipend of 10 guineas (£10.50). If two sisters were being accommodated, they would share rooms. A warden was employed to look after the residents.

Miss Ward died in January 1885. The almshouses continued to be managed by the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society.


Current status

In the 1980s the buildings were sold to developers and converted into apartments.

N.B. Photographs obtained in August 2012

Aged Pilgrims' Asylum

The front entrance on Vartry Road.

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The stone plaque above the central porch.

Aged Pilgrims' Asylum

The almshouses are well hidden by mature trees.

References (Accessed 4th June 2021)

Fry H 1881 The Royal Guide to the London Charities for 1881-2. London, D. Bogue. p.345.

Last updated 4th June 2021

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