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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 14th June, 2018)

Alms Houses

Alms Houses

Photo: David  (Canon SX240)
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Comment by: Scholes Malc on 14th June 2018 at 06:07

always wondered about this building - history of it anyone?

Comment by: Alan lad on 14th June 2018 at 06:31

Nice one David .

Comment by: Mick on 14th June 2018 at 07:04

A good year for buttercups, a couple of weeks ago I was on the lower slopes of the Wuchy and there must have been about 9,500,000 growing there.

Comment by: Poet on 14th June 2018 at 07:04


I do not come from Kings or Queens
Nor family of the gentry,
A poor man is a man of means
For I've got gold aplenty.

Comment by: irene roberts on 14th June 2018 at 08:24

Where is this. please? Love the buttercups....do you all remember how we used to hold them under our chins "to see if you liked butter"? Chance would have been a fine thing....it was Summer County margarine for most of us!

Comment by: Kath on 14th June 2018 at 08:35

it was Stork for us Irene! beautiul picture

Comment by: Fred Mason on 14th June 2018 at 08:43

An almshouse (also known as a poorhouse)[1] is charitable housing provided to enable people (typically elderly people who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent) to live in a particular community. They are often targeted at the poor of a locality, at those from certain forms of previous employment, or their widows, and are generally maintained by a charity or the trustees of a bequest. Almshouses were originally formed as extensions of the church system and were later adapted by local officials and authorities.

A very interesting photo, David. Good shot.

Comment by: Philip G. on 14th June 2018 at 09:03

A measured 'blast' of yellow - far removed from the uncomfortable 'blast' of a roaring furnace.

Comment by: Jod on 14th June 2018 at 09:18

Malc, they were built at the request of Lady Dorothy Bradshaigh in 1772 in memory of her husband and were intended for former estate workers.
Known as The Receptacle.
There is a now very worn sandstone plaque mounted high up on the building.
Grade II Listed.
"Almshouses, now 3 houses. Dated 1772. Dressed stone with ashlar dressings and hipped stone slate roof. 2 storeys, 5 bays. Rusticated quoins. Windows of paired pointed lights with small-paned glazing, those to 2nd and 3rd bays of ground floor are paired. Entrances have pointed tympana, the 2nd and 4th are now windows, the others with C20 doors. 3
cross-axial stacks. Left return has external stair to 1st floor entrance, now window. Rear similar."

Comment by: David Barker on 14th June 2018 at 10:06

Nice photo ,David the yellow makes the scene , i took part in making all new windows for the Alms House many years ago at the joinery firm i worked for probably in the late 70s, they have probably been changed to PVC now . There gothic style at front square heads at the sides and back,the stonework was perfect ,we made one template and it fitted nearly every opening.

Comment by: Philip G. on 14th June 2018 at 11:18

It was Stork margarine for us Irene, but I also remember the swaying rhythm of "Summer County, Summer County", during its TV ad. I discovered only hours ago that the music is The Merry Widow Waltz. And who could forget the buttercup 'test'.

Comment by: Linda Massa on 14th June 2018 at 16:53

My youngest son has been making a buttercup necklace for his two year old, she loved it.

Comment by: Beryl on 14th June 2018 at 21:01

A very beautiful and peaceful view, looks like an early evening shot.

Comment by: Dorothy on 15th June 2018 at 09:38

Wasn't money given to the Alms House residents on Maundy Thursday, probably contained in a velvet draw string bag.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 15th June 2018 at 23:53

You've just triggered a memory there Dorothy. Going way back to the mid sixties, one of my favourite songs at the time was Maundy Monday, by the Mamas & the Papas, a brilliant number which was ultimately destined to be eclipsed by, Dedicated to the One I love,..another memorable ditty, recorded by the same group several months later., I do rather
' suspect ' however, that you'd most likely be too young to remember either of them.

Regards. Ozy.

Comment by: Dorothy on 16th June 2018 at 11:07

Ozy (I wish). I was married with children in the 60's that's all I'm saying ha ha! However I still don't remember the song Maundy Monday.
Best Wishes Dorothy

Comment by: Janette R on 20th June 2018 at 19:23

Song was 'Monday Monday' by the Mamas and Papas, a good song but I preferred their 'California Dreaming.'

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