Hickey's Almshouses

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Hickey's Almshouses
Almshouses, East Sheen - geograph.org.uk - 1227748.jpg
General information
Location Richmond, London, England
Coordinates 51°27′45″N 0°17′25″W / 51.4624°N 0.2904°W / 51.4624; -0.2904
Governing body The Richmond Charities
Design and construction
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name Hickeys Almshouses, including chapel and lodges, Sheen Road
Designated 10 January 1950
Reference no. 1262108

Hickey's Almshouses are almshouses between Sheen Road and St Mary's Grove in Richmond, London. They are Grade II* listed by Historic England and this listing also extends to the site's chapel (which is dedicated to St Francis)[1] and to its lodges.[2]

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".[3]

1834 inscription at Hickey's Almshouses

The first houses, designed by Lewis Vulliamy,[4] in Neo-Tudor style with high chimneys,[3] 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] In 1822 the charity's funds had been boosted by a major donation by Elizabeth Doughty.[7]

In 1834 the trust built an additional 20 almshouses, a chapel (which was enlarged in 1863 by Arthur Blomfield[4]), and two gate lodge cottages. The property, which includes another 29 buildings behind the almshouses,[5] now consists of 49 flats and cottages,[8] a laundry and a workshop.[9]

The almshouses are managed by The Richmond Charities.[9] New residents are accepted from 65 years of age.[8]

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  1. ^ "Who We Are". Practical Philosophy Kingston. Fellowship of the School of Economic Science. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Hickeys Almshouses, including chapel and lodges, Sheen Road (1262108)". National Heritage List for England. 
  3. ^ a b "Hickey's Almshouses". London Gardens Online. London Parks & Gardens Trust. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 529. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  5. ^ a b "The Almshouses of Richmond" (PDF). Local history notes. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  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. ^ Reports of the Commissioners Appointed in Pursuance of Acts of Parliament to Inquire Concerning Charities and Education of the Poor in England and Wales, vol. 33. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1839. p. 637. 
  8. ^ a b "William Hickey's Almshouses". Elderly Accommodation Counsel. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Hickey's Almshouses". The Richmond Charities. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 

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