Alms houses

Almshouses have existed for over 1000 years enabling individuals in need to retain their independence and to live in their local community. The first recorded Almshouse was founded by King Athelstan in York in the 10th century AD.

An almshouse (also known as a bede-house or poorhouse) is charitable housing provided to people in a particular community. They are often targeted at the poor of a locality, at those from certain forms of previous employment, or their widows, and at elderly people who can no longer pay rent, and are generally maintained by a charity or the trustees of a bequest. Almshouses were originally formed as extensions of the church system and were later adapted by local officials and authorities

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