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Dame Alice Leigh’s Almshouse, built 1576, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England | by Banburyshire Photos
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Dame Alice Leigh’s Almshouse, built 1576, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England

Part of the row of almshouses that stands in the centre of the village of Stoneleigh. It was founded to provide homes for the poor by Sir Thomas and Lady Alice Leigh of Stoneleigh Abbey in 1576. The original residents were all unmarried: five women and five men who had to come from the parish (indeed most of them were local tenants of long-standing). They had to go to church on Saturday, Sunday and holy days and attend a quarterly sermon preached by the local vicar. Residents originally received a shilling a week (quite generous at that time).

 

The original buildings were built on the site of three existing cottages and were probably timber-framed (as can still be seen in some of the interior walls). The almshouses were encased in attractive red sandstone 18 years later. There was one room upstairs and one down with a shared garden at the rear. Modern facilities have since been added, with back extensions, but the basic unit remains the same small size.

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Taken on May 10, 2021