ALMSHOUSES


ALMSHOUSES

ANNA HALLETT    Book Number: 86543    Product format: Paperback

There are around 2,500 groups of almshouses in Great Britain, most of which were founded many centuries ago and some can be traced to the early Middle Ages when religious institutions were among the first to offer shelter to needy elderly people. Others were initiated by individuals who left money for the erection of sometimes splendid buildings. Often picturesque, they come in a variety of architectural styles and often have interesting features including coats of arms, inscriptions, dedications, statues, clock towers and sundials. Many have chapels and gardens. Beneficiaries were often required to wear a special uniform and might be given small allowances of money, coal or food. Usually the rules were strict and stipulated daily prayers for the souls of the donors. Only sober-living people were accepted! A number of almshouses can be visited and some have museums attached to them. 64 page Shire paperback packed with colour photos, maps and woodcuts.
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ISBN 9780747805830
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