Our History

The work of The Richmond Charities, housing and supporting elderly people in housing need in our borough, goes back over 400 years. The first of Richmond's almshouses were Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses, founded in 1600. From then on, over the centuries, wealthy benefactors continued to endow land and property for the building of almshouses and The Richmond Charities now owns and runs 130 almshouses spread over 9 estates in Richmond and Twickenham.

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Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses

Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses

Founded by Sir George Wright in 1600 on Gerry Hill, Petersham Road.

Year History
1600 Almshouses founded
1767 Rebuilt by William Turner and relocated in The Vineyard
1857 Rebuilt again
1955 Rebuilt again as 4 houses due to damage in World War II

1600

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Bishop Duppa's Almshouses

Bishop Duppa's Almshouses

Founded by Brian Duppa, Bishop of Chichester, in 1660 and endowed by the gift of a farm at Shepperton. The almshouses were originally built at Friars Stile Lane. After the Restoration, Brian Duppa became the Bishop of Winchester.

Year History
1660 Almshouses founded
1851 Rebuilt to a design by Thomas Little and relocated in The Vineyard. The front arch and gateway were transferred from the original almshouse estate and survive to this day

1660

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Michel's Almshouses

Michel's Almshouses

10 almshouses were founded by Humphrey Michel in 1695. In 1727 William Smithet endowed the charity with property in Kew Foot Road and land now including Michel's Row and Rosedale Road.

Year History
1695 Almshouses founded
1811 Rebuilt
1858 6 new houses added
1990 1 new bungalow added
2005 No.10 converted into guest accommodation and an office

1695

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Hickey’s Almshouses

Hickey’s Almshouses

William Hickey died in 1728 and left property which increased so much in value that the Trustees used funds in 1834 to build 20 almshouses, Porter's & Nurse's Lodges and a Chapel on a site in Marshgate Lane, now Sheen Road.

Year History
1728 William Hickey died
1834 20 almshouses built
1851 8 more almshouses added
1860 Chaplain’s House built
1934 4 houses were built on some vacant land in Adelaide Road
1972 12 bungalows built
1985 3c Adelaide Road built -originally as warden accommodation
1991 5 flats were built, plus laundry and workshop
2003 One of which is now used as the estate office

1728

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Houblon's Almshouses

Houblon's Almshouses

Houblon's Almshouses were founded in 1758 by Rebecca Houblon and further endowed by her sister Susannah Houblon. These are the charity's oldest almshouses still standing.

Year History
1758 Almshouses founded
1857 2 additional almshouses built
1960s Internal restructuring to accommodate bathrooms reduced the number of almshouses to 9

1758

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Church Estate Almshouses

Church Estate Almshouses

The Church Estate is the oldest charity in Richmond and research indicates that the charity may date back to 1375. 10 almshouses were built in Sheen Road in 1843.

Year History
1843 Almshouses built
1967 2 blocks comprising 8 studio apartments were added
2004 Church Estate and Richmond Charities' Almshouses merged
2005 1 block was extended to create 4 one-bedroom almshouses

1843

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Candler Almshouses

Candler Almshouses

Candler Almshouses were built in 1936 to fulfil the bequest of William Candler who had died in 1907. They were originally owned and managed by Twickenham United Charities.

Year History
1936 10 almshouses built
2008 Twickenham United Charities and Richmond Charities' Almshouses merged
2010-2017 Refurbishment work carried out to provide each almshouse with its own bathroom

1936

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Benn's Walk Almshouses

Benn's Walk Almshouses

6 single storey almshouses were built with surplus money from Michel's Almshouse Charity in 1983.

Year History
1983 Almshouses built on part of the land bounded by Michel's Row and Rosedale Road
2002 Nos. 1&2 (studios) were converted into a one-bedroom almshouse

1983

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Manning Place

Manning Place

10-18 Manning Place was built in 1993 and was bought by The Richmond Charities in 2017.

Year History
2017 Purchased by the Richmond Charities
2017-18 The 9 almshouses were fully refurbished

2017