Almshouses


Almshouses (in the past sometimes called a 'poorhouse', 'hospital', 'bedehouse') are charitable housing, providing accommodation for poor and elderly people who could not otherwise afford to rent. In the UK, almshouses can be traced as far back as the 10th century. Many of the buildings are now private residences or serve other purposes - though today there are still 1,700 groups of almshouse charities in the UK, providing homes for over 35,000 people, over 30% of the residences are historic listed buildings[1]. Examples of historic almshouses in the North East of England include those established on a religious basis, such as the Hospital of God at Greatham (established 1273) and the Holy Jesus Hospital in Newcastle (established 1682). There were also almshouses built by estate owners, such as Armstrong Cottages in Rothbury, and the Methold Houses at Beamish. Others were built by professions/guilds/unions, such as Keelman Hospital built for the keelmen of Newcastle and their families (established 1701), and also Miners Welfare cottages.
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Sir William Turner's Almshouses

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Kirkleatham Almshouse

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Trinity House almshouses, Trinity Chare

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1897 Stockton Almshouse, Stockton-on-Tees

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Almshouses in Staindrop

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Hospital of God Almshouse Greatham

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Armstrong Cottages, Rothbury

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Jacob Wright Almshouse : (dated 1885) Swan Street : Evenwood

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The Keelman Hospital

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Sir William Turner's Hospital (Almshouses)
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Sir William Turner's Hospital (Almshouses)
Hospital of God, Greatham
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Hospital of God, Greatham
- Overview Map Street View Former almshouse, now residences for the elderly. This is a Grade 2 listed building. The Hospital of God was originally founded by the Bishop of Durham, Robert ...
Methold Houses, Beamish
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Methold Houses, Beamish
- Overview Map Street View Almshouses inscribed "1863 BUILT AND ENDOWED BY JOHN EDEN". The houses are Grade II Listed.
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Almshouses

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Cosin's Almshouses

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Keelman's Hospital
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Keelman's Hospital
- Overview Map Street View Keelman’s Hospital on City Road in Newcastle was built in 1701. It was built by the keelmen of Newcastle as an alms house for sick and ...
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National Association of Almshouses
- "Almshouses have been part of this country's life for many generations and they continue to play a crucial role today in providing accommodation for those in need throughout the ...

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Jubilee Alms Houses, 1887

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Almshouses in Palace Green Durham

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Fox Almshouses

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Beacon House, 1 Trinity Buildings, North Shields

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Almshouses, High Street, Newburn (detail)

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Cosin's Almshouses, Palace Green, Durham
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Cosin's Almshouses, Palace Green, Durham

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