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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Almshouses in Wotton-under-Edge



Wotton-under-Edge almshouses

We'd been for a wander up and down the high street of Wotton-under-Edge, and were about to get back in the car and head home, when Andy spotted the sign above the little door over the street. "Visitors are welcome to walk around the courtyard and see the chapel." Well, we didn't need to be told twice.

I've always liked almshouses, from the charitable concept (providing housing for the poor) to the style of implementation which usually involves cute, tiny terraces arranged around a courtyard. These ones were built in the 17th century, and the beautiful little chapel in the middle of the courtyard still has a communion service every Monday.

Wotton-under-Edge almshouses

Wotton-under-Edge almshouses

Wotton-under-Edge almshouses - chapel

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6 comments:

Rachel said...

When you start looking, it's easy to find almshouses in many old towns - as you say, they have a very characteristic style of architecture!

becky said...

As you said, I too, like the concept of almshouses... for sleeping quarters for the poor...sure beats today's habits of allowing the homeless to sleep on the streets and in the woods

Jules Woolford said...

I have a strong family contingent in dear old Wotton. My cousin is actually the chair of the Almshouses Committee (on a sombre note we were thus allowed to hold my aunt's funeral in the lovely little chapel there.) They are completely wonderful buildings; thanks for posting this Rachel!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What lovely buildings they are.

Charlotte said...

Lovely photos, Rachel :) Looks quite charming indeed.

christine said...

how lovely - they usually do look really cute, don't they? And they were so important to the residents, of course.

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