Description: The Almshouses
Date Listed: 15 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281131
OS Grid Reference: TL9826263616
OS Grid Coordinates: 598262, 263616
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2350, 0.9020
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TL 96 SE ELMSWELL CHURCH ROAD
5/28 Nos. 1 to 3 (consec) The
15.11.54 Almshouses (formerly
listed as Elmswell Hill
Terrace of 3 cottages. Built as 6 almshouses, c.1614 for Sir Robert Gardener.
Narrow red/buff bricks, with parapet gables. Slated roof: two internal
chimneys of red/buff bricks with sawtooth shafts and a similar chimney rising
from apex of each gable. One storey. 6 windows. Two-light mullioned windows
with plastered surrounds in simulation of ashlar work. An ovolo-moulded label
at the head: C20 steel casements with leaded lights. A central entrance
doorway: plastered outer frame with cambered head and heavy wooden inner
frame, and C18/C19 boarded door. A pair of doorways to each of the end
cottages: plaster-work and label to match windows. Flat chamfered head
supported by heavy wooden frame. The right-hand pair of doors are of battened
plank form and may be original. The left-hand pair of boarded doors are
unoriginal: one blocked, the other C18/C19. Over the central doorway is a
gable, within which is a square sundial. Beneath the sundial is a square
limestone panel inscribed: "SIR ROBERT GARDENER KT. SOMETIME LORD OF THESE
MANORS OF ELMSWELL AND WOLPIT FOUNDED THIS ALMSHOUSE IN YE TIME OF HIS LIFE
AN° 1614 AND GAVE UNTO IT SUFFICIENT MAINTENANCE FOR SIX POORE WOMEN WIDOWS TO
CONTINUE FOR EVER".
Listing NGR: TL9826263616
Source: English Heritage
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