Almshouses in WC postcode area

WC1X Holborn
  • Stafford's Almshouses, 156-164 Grays Inn Road, WC1X

WC2A Holborn
  • St Clement Danes Holborn Estate Charity Almshouses, Foregate Street, Clements Inn

The St Clement Danes Holborn Estate Charity was founded in 1552 by the Churchwardens of St Clement Danes Church, Strand. (St Clement was the patron saint of mariners, especially of Danish sailors). 

Around 1700 the charity built a set of almshouses for the parish behind Clement's Inn Hall in the City of London. The almshouses accommodated 12 women and were located just behind the local vestry hall, in Lamb Yard, Foregate (or Fore) Street, an alley off Clements Lane, which ran northwest from the Strand, just east of the present Aldwych - skirting just north of the site of Clements Inn (a former Inn of Chancery, or legal training college). The almshouses were accessed through an iron gate from Clements Lane. 

According to a reported inscripstion on the front of the building, the parish repaired the almshouses in 1850 but, by this time, new larger almshouses for the parish had been built in Tooting. The old buildings likely survived, possible still in use, to the 1860s. However, it appears that the site was part of the six acres of land purchased by the government in 1865 for the construction of the Royal Courts of Justice

Clements Inn Hall itself closed down in 1903, and its site is now dominated by buildings of the London School of Economics. Only a small part of Clements Lane survives, as St Clement's Lane.

WC2B Covent Garden
  • St Giles in the Fields Almshouses

WC2H Soho
  • St Martin's-in-the-Fields Almshouses, 107 Charing Cross Road (Hog Lane), WC2H

Last updated 17th February 2023

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