Almshouses in SE postcode area


SE1 Bankside
  • Hopton's Almshouses

SE1 Borough
  • Drapers Almshouses, Borough Road, SE1

  • Red & White Cross Cottages

SE1 Borough Market
  • Edward Alleyn's Almshouses, Soap Yard, Park Street, SE1

  • St Saviour's Almshouses

SE1 Elephant & Castle
  • Drapers Almshouses, Newington Butts, SE1

  • Fishmongers Almshouses, Newington Butts, SE1

SE1 Lambeth

SE1 Southwark
  • Drapers Almshouses

  • Dutch Almshouses, Horseshoe Alley, SE1 9HL

The Dutch Reformed Church had been re-established in 1560 under Queen Elizabeth I, in Austin Friars in the City of London. After every service its deacons collected alms from the congregants and also organised less frequent door to door collections. 

As well as being in charge of the distribution of alms, the deacons also supervised the congregation's poorhouse, renting a house for those members who needed to be maintained on a permanent basis. 

The first known almshouses, established in 1580 by the Church, were in Horseshoe Alley, in the liberty of the Clink, in St Saviour's parish, Southwark. The neighbourhood was a centre in which Dutch immigrants had settled in the 16th century. 

By 1635 the almshouses accommodated 14 paupers; four years later there were 15 old and infirm inmates. 

However, the poorer members of the Dutch congregation preferred to receive poor relief while living in the liberties outside the wall of the City. Apart from the stigma of living in a poorhouse, they were reluctant to submit to the code of discipline of the institution.  If they failed to comply, they could find themselves expelled and henceforth excluded from further assistance from the Church.

Most of the recipients of alms from the Church - poor widows, the old and infirm - never entered the almshouses. 

It is not known when these almshouses closed, but new Dutch Almshouses were built in 1682 in Moorfields. 

Horseshoe Alley disappeared during the development of the area in the early 1980s. The site of the almshouses is now occupied by what used to be the Financial Times' headquarters.

  • Edward Edwards House, Nicholson Street, SE1

  • Edwards Almshouses, 15 Burrell Street, SE1

  • Mrs Vaughan's Charity, 200 Union Street, SE1

  • Walter's Almshouses, Blackman Street, SE1

  • Surrey Chapel Almshouses, 38 Glashill Street, SE1

SE5  Blackheath
  • Morden College

SE5  Burgess Park

SE5  Camberwell 

SE6 Catford

SE7  Charlton

SE8  Deptford
  • Trinity Almshouses, Church Street, SE8

SE9 Eltham
  • Thomas Philipot's Almshouses

SE9 Mottingham
  • Sir Robert Geffrye's Almshouses

SE10  Greenwich
  • Hatcliffe Almshouses, Tuskar Road, SE10 9UY

  • Jubilee Almshouses

  • Penn's Almshouses

  • Queen Elizabeth's College

  • Trinity Hospital

SE12 Lee

SE13 Blackheath
  • Morden College, St German's Place, SE3

SE13 Lee

SE13 Lewisham 
SE15  Nunhead

SE15  Peckham      

SE16  Bermondsey
  • St Saviour's New Almshouses

SE16 Rotherhithe          
SE17  Elephant & Castle
  • Metropolitan Tabernacle Almshouses, Elephant Road, SE17 1AY

SE17  Walworth
  • St Mary Newington Close, Surrey Square, SE17

  • Walter's Close

SE18 Woolwich

SE20  Penge
  • Free Watermen & Lighterman's Almshouses

  • Royal Naval Asylum

SE21  Dulwich
  • Edward Alleyn's Almshouses

SE24   Herne Hill
  • Howis Trust

SE26 Upper Sydenham
  • St Clement's Heights Almshouses

SE27   West Norwood
  • St Saviour's College

Last updated 1st August 2021

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