Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses, Richmond

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Queen Elizabeth’s Almhouses, Richmond
Location The Vineyard, Richmond, London, England
Coordinates 51°27′30″N 0°18′07″W / 51.45833°N 0.30194°W / 51.45833; -0.30194Coordinates: 51°27′30″N 0°18′07″W / 51.45833°N 0.30194°W / 51.45833; -0.30194
Built 1600 (on previous Petersham Road site)
Built for Sir George Wright
Rebuilt 1767 (on present site); 1857 and 1955

Queen Elizabeth’s Almhouses, Richmond are almshouses in Richmond, London, originally founded by Sir George Wright in 1600 (during the reign of Elizabeth I) to house eight poor aged women.[1][2] Known originally as the "Lower almshouses", they were built in Petersham Road, a few hundred yards south of what is now Bridge Street. By 1767, they were almost derelict.[3] In 1767, William Turner rebuilt the almshouses on land at the top end of his estate in The Vineyard. Funds for the rebuilding were raised by public subscription.[3][4][5]The almshouses were rebuilt again in 1857.[3][6] They were damaged during World War II and replaced with four newly built houses in 1955.[4][5]

Current status[edit]

The almshouses are now managed by The Richmond Charities.[4][7] New residents are accepted from 65 years of age.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughson, David (1808). London, volume 5. London: J Stratford. p. 380. 
  2. ^ "The Almshouses of Richmond". Local history notes. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Cloake, John (1991). Richmond Past. Historical Publications. p. 49. ISBN 0 948667 14 1. 
  4. ^ a b c "Queen Elizabeth’s Almshouses". The Richmond Charities. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b The building plans are available online. See Orr, Stephen. "Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses". The Vineyard, Richmond: An Online History for residents, their families and friends. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ A photograph [1] shows the front of the almshouses, almost 100 years later, in 1952. See Orr, Stephen. "Photos from 1950 onwards". The Vineyard, Richmond: An Online History for residents, their families and friends. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Richmond Charities". Charity Performance. DG Publishing. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses". Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC). Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

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