ALMSHOUSES OF LONDON

 

 

Almshouses in EC postcode area


EC1 City North
  • Amias's Almshouses

  • Dame Alice Owen's Almshouses

  • Fuller's Hospital, Old Street, EC1V 9LT

Established through the will of Judge John Fuller in 1592, the almshouses were erected by his widow on a piece of land on the south side of Old Street (the Weavers Company Almshouses were later built opposite, on the north side of Old Street).

The Almshouses opened in 1598 and provided accommodation for 12 poor widows aged 50 or over. Each women received 7 shillings (35p) a week and an allowance of coal. Another Fuller's Almshouse - for men - opened at the same time in Stepney.

The Almshouses, which were managed by the Shoreditch parish, were repaired in 1683 and rebuilt in 1787.

In 1865 their site was taken over for a new town hall and fire station. There is some evidence that the almspersons were moved temporarily to a nearby site on the west site of Hoxton Street until a new building was completed in Wood Green.

The new Fuller's Almshouses opened in 1866. They later became part of the United Shoreditch Parish Almshouses, which also include Walters' and Porter's Almshouses (see below)  and St Leonard's Almhouses.

  • Lewin's Almshouses

  • Sutton's Hospital in Charterhouse

  • Walters' & Porter's Almshouses, 335-337 Old Street, EC1V 9LL

Originally established in 1656 through the wills of John Walter, a draper, and his widow Alice, the almshouses were managed by the Drapers Company. They accommodated eight poor widows, two of whom were nominated by the Company and six by the parish of Shoreditch.

In 1826 the buildings were extended and rebuilt by the gift of Thomas Porter, following which an extra eight rooms were provided for poor aged widows.

At the beginning of the 20th century the almshouses relocated to Wood Green as part of the United Shoreditch Parish Almshouses, which also included Fuller's Almshouses and St Leonard's Almshouses.  They were renamed Porter's and Walters' Almshouses.

Located adjacent to the east of the Weavers Company Almshouses (see below), both these almshouses had been demolished by 1903. Their site was used for a new Magistrates Court and Police Station for the Metropolitan Police, completed in 1905. In 2016, this Grade II-listed building was converted into a boutique hotel - the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch.

 

  • Weavers Company Almshouses, Old Street Road, Hoxton, EC1V 9LL

In 1669 work began on the building of almshouses in Hogsdon (today's Hoxton) for the Weavers Company, following a donation of £200 from William Watson, a Liveryman. Located opposite Fuller's Almshouses (see above) the almshouses opened in 1670. They had 12 rooms for the widows of weavers.

In 1824 the buildings were in a bad state, but were rebuilt the same year thanks to the generosity of one Charles James Coverley. A large stone tablet was put up in his honour. After his death in 1835 it was discovered that he had bequeathed property sufficient to enable the residents to receive a pension of £4 a year.

In the mid 19th century the Weavers Company decided to amalgamate their two almshouses (the other one was in Norton Folgate) on a new site in Wanstead, near Epping Forest (see Weavers Company Almshouses). By 1861 the Hoxton almshouses were no longer in use.

In 1901 the buildings, located on the corner of Old Street (Road) and Curtain Road, were sold to the Metropolitan Police for £8,400 as part of a site for a new Magistrates Court and Police Station. These buildings in their turn closed and were converted in to the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch.

 

EC2 City East
  • Armourers & Brasiers Almshouses I

  • Sion Hospital

EC4   City South
  • Embroiderers Almshouses

Last updated 10th July 2020

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