Hickey's Almshouses

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Hickey's Almshouses
Almshouses, East Sheen - geograph.org.uk - 1227748.jpg
Location Richmond, London, England
Coordinates 51°27′45″N 0°17′25″W / 51.4624°N 0.2904°W / 51.4624; -0.2904Coordinates: 51°27′45″N 0°17′25″W / 51.4624°N 0.2904°W / 51.4624; -0.2904
Built 1834
Architect Original houses by Lewis Vulliamy.[1] Chapel enlarged in 1863 by Arthur Blomfield[1]
Listed Building – Grade II*

Hickey's Almshouses are Grade II* listed almshouses in Richmond, London. The Grade II* listing also extends to the site's chapel (which is dedicated to St Francis)[2] and to its lodges.[3]

A plaque over the entrance records that the almshouses were built "for Ten poor Men and Ten poor Women by the bounty of William Hickey Esq. Who by his Will bequeathed certain Lands and houses in Richmond in Trust for Charitable purposes".[4]


The almshouses are on a site between Sheen Road and St Mary's Grove in Richmond.


1834 inscription at Hickey's Almshouses

The first houses, designed by Lewis Vulliamy,[1] were built in 1834 from the income of several properties on Richmond Hill, including The Wick. These properties had been left in trust by William Hickey, who died in 1727, to provide pensions for six men and ten women.[5][6] The charity's funds were augmented by a gift of Elizabeth Doughty in 1822.[7]

In 1834 the trust decided to use some of the income to build and endow 20 almshouses for 10 men and 10 women, plus a chapel (which was enlarged in 1863 by Arthur Blomfield),[1] and two gate lodge cottages – one for a porter, the other for a nurse – in Sheen Road. Since then another 29 dwellings have been built on land behind the original almshouses.[5]

Current status[edit]

There are now 49 flats and cottages.[8] New residents are accepted from 65 years of age.[8]

The almshouses are now managed by The Richmond Charities.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 529. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Practical Philosophy Kingston. Fellowship of the School of Economic Science. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hickeys Almshouses, Including Chapel and Lodges, Richmond upon Thames". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hickey's Almshouses". London Gardens Online. London Parks and Gardens Trust. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "The Almshouses of Richmond". Local history notes. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Daniel Lysons (1792). "Richmond: Various benefactions". The Environs of London: volume 1: County of Surrey. Centre for Metropolitan History/British History Online. pp. 436–469. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hickey's Almshouses". The Richmond Charities. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "William Hickey's Almshouses". Elderly Accommodation Counsel. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hickey's Almshouses". The Richmond Charities. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 

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