Free Watermen and Lightermen's Almshouses

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Free Watermen and Lightermen’s Almshouses / Royal Watermen's Almshouses
Penge Watermen's Almshouses.JPG
General information
Architectural styleVictorian architecture, Tudor Revival architecture
Town or cityPenge, Kent (now London Borough of Bromley)
Coordinates51°25′00″N 0°03′14″W / 51.4166°N 0.0538°W / 51.4166; -0.0538Coordinates: 51°25′00″N 0°03′14″W / 51.4166°N 0.0538°W / 51.4166; -0.0538
Construction started1840
ClientCompany of Watermen and Lightermen, City of London
Technical details
Structural systemYellow brick with limestone dressings
Design and construction
ArchitectGeorge Porter
Listed Building – Grade II
Reference no.1040012

The Free Watermen and Lightermen’s Almshouses (generally known as the Royal Watermen's Almshouses) on Beckenham Road / Penge High Street, Penge, Kent, (now London Borough of Bromley) were built in 1840–1841 to designs by the architect George Porter[1] by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the City of London for retired company freemen and their widows. It is the most prominent and oldest of the Victorian almshouses in Penge.[2] In 1973, the almspeople were moved to a new site in Hastings, and the original buildings were converted into private homes.[1] They have been Grade II listed since 1973.[3]


  1. ^ a b John Newman. West Kent and the Weald. The "Buildings of England" Series, First Edition, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Judy Nairn, eds. (London: Penguin, 1969), p.433.
  2. ^ Archived 21 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "THE ROYAL WATERMAN'S AND LIGHTERMAN'S ASYLUM (46 ALMSHOUSES) (1040012)". English Heritage. Retrieved 1 February 2017.