Bridges Almshouses

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Bridges Almshouses
Bridges Almshouses 04.JPG
LocationKeynsham, Somerset, England
Coordinates51°25′06″N 2°30′18″W / 51.41833°N 2.50500°W / 51.41833; -2.50500Coordinates: 51°25′06″N 2°30′18″W / 51.41833°N 2.50500°W / 51.41833; -2.50500
Builtc. 1685
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name: Bridges Almshouses
Designated27 February 1950[1]
Reference no.1384596
Bridges Almshouses is located in Somerset
Bridges Almshouses
Location of Bridges Almshouses in Somerset

The Bridges Almshouses in Keynsham within the English county of Somerset were built around 1685. They have been designated as a Grade II listed building.[1]

The Almshouses were built by Sir Thomas Bridges and his wife Lady Anna Bridges (née Rodney) to provide accommodation for six widows and endowed a school for the town.[2][3][4] This may have initially been for the widows of men killed in the Monmouth Rebellion.[1]

The arms of Lady Anna Bridges (née Rodney)

The terrace is made of three pairs of two-storey houses. They are constructed of limestone with moulded stone mullions over the two and three light windows, surmounted by pantile roof.[5] On the front of the building are cartouches with the arms of Bridges and his wife.[1]

The Bristol Road in front of the almshouse has been built over the original gardens and the level of the road has been raised so that the doors and footpath are below the level of the carriageway.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England. "Bridges Almshouses (1384596)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ Samuel Lewis (editor) (1848). "Ketteringham — Keynsham". A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 5 June 2014.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Report of the Commissioners Appointed ... to Inquire Concerning Charities in England [and Wales] for the Education of the Poor ..., Volumes 1-14. Commissioners for Inquiring Concerning Charities. 1827. p. 54.
  4. ^ Collinson, John; Rack, Edmund (1791). The History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset. R. Cruttwell. p. 410.
  5. ^ Brown, Patrick (1981). Buildings of Britain 1550-1750: South West England. Moorland. pp. 67–68. ISBN 0861900308.
  6. ^ Loew, Barbara J. (1983). Keynsham in old picture postcards. Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society. p. 12. ISBN 978-90-288-2534-5.