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Abbeyfield, formally The Abbeyfield Society, is a large national charity in the United Kingdom, which provides sheltered housing and care homes for elderly people.

Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, it is a registered charity under English law[1] and a registered housing association.[2]

It was founded in 1956 by Old Stoic and ex-army officer Richard Carr-Gomm OBE (1922–2008).[3]

The Abbeyfield Society directly owns and manages around 200 houses and 20 care homes. It is also affiliated with independent local Abbeyfield charities who together run a further 250 Abbeyfield Society Houses and 60 care homes across the UK. The Abbeyfield Kent Society is the largest independent Abbeyfield in the world.

A blue plaque in Gomm Road, Bermondsey, London Borough of Southwark, commemorates Richard Carr-Gomm and Abbeyfield Society.[4]

Humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton was awarded the MBE for his role with Abbeyfield.


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