History of Almshouses

History of Almshouses

Seckford Almshouses have an unbroken tradition of providing accommodation, care and support to older people since the 16th century.

In 1587 Queen Elizabeth I granted Thomas Seckford  permission to build almshouses in Woodbridge to “relieve need and distress” amongst older people. The first Seckford Almshouse consisted of rooms of “brick and stone” to house thirteen local men.

In 1834 the Seckford Hospital was built – although it was always an almshouse and never a hospital.  Today it comprises two residential wings, a chapel and a red-brick cloister.

In 1977 a day centre and residential home were added and in 2005 the Seckford Almshouse were beautifully converted into self-contained, very sheltered flats.

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