Friday, February 29, 2008
Wonderful British Almshouses
If you are ever touring the British countryside and see a group of cottages usually set around a beautiful garden they will be Almshouses - it is charitable housing provided to enable people (typically the elderly who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent).
The first recorded Almshouse was founded by King Athelstan in York in the 10th century AD. The oldest charity still in existence is thought to be the Hospital of St. Oswald in Worcester, founded circa 990.
Nowadays these fabulous buildings are run by charities but many were originally built by kindly rich people.
To this day I have never met anyone who lives in one so I could go and have a peek inside.
I love them.