The land that these 8 beautiful Revival/Arts & Craft styled Alms Houses stand was donated by Elizabeth Condlyffe. They were built in 1882 and their design is attributed to Norman Shaw, although some sources believe they were designed by an architect named Lowe.
On the wooden eaves there is wording, that runs the length of all 8 houses and reads as follows;
“The Lord shall preserve thy going out,
And thy in from this time for evermore.
The days of my labour O thou hast blest,
Be the hand of thy love, the days of my rest.”
The first half is a quote from Psalm 121 Levavi Oculos but I’ve been unable to find the original of the second half of the wording but I believe it maybe from a hymn.
Residence of these Alms houses was restricted to either a man or woman, who had to be aged 50 years or over and a member of the Church of England.
In 1966 each house was converted into 2 flats and they were given a Grade II listing on 14 October 1996.
Feature Image – Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/30, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 18mm
Secondary Image – Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/30, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 18mm
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