SY9287 : Streche's Almshouses

taken 6 years ago, near to Wareham, Dorset, Great Britain

Streche's Almshouses
Streche's Almshouses
Dating from the early 15th century, these Almshouses are a grade II* listed building. The 'Almshouse Charity Of John Streche' is still a listed charity, but in 1907 the foundation moved to nearby Worget street, and this is a private home.

This is a grade II* listed building (LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) )
Streche's Almshouses

The 'Almshouse Charity Of John Streche' was founded in 1418 to care for 'six ancient men and five women' of Wareham. The original premises were in East Street, a building of 1741 that survived the later fire, a fine pedimented building which still carries the bell and dedication plaque but is now in private hands.

In 1907 the beneficiaries were moved to a newly built set of single story homes in Worget Road.

There is a biography of the original benefactor here: LinkExternal link

Almshouses

Almshouses are 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.
Alms are, money or services donated to support the poor and indigent. Almshouses were established from the 10th century in Britain, to provide a place of residence for poor, old and distressed folk. The first recorded almshouse was founded in York by King Athelstan; the oldest still in existence is the Hospital of St. Cross in Winchester, dating to about 1132. In the Middle Ages, the majority of European hospitals functioned as almshouses.
An incomplete list of British Almshouses can be found at LinkExternal link

Wareham

Wareham is a small market town in Dorset. It is strategically located between the River Frome and River Piddle. The town has a long history with evidence of Pre-Roman settlement. The old town is surrounded by 9th century town walls.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

Read more at Wikipedia LinkExternal link

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SY9287, 669 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 17 May, 2015   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 20 May, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
Period (from Tags)
15th Century 
Primary Subject of Photo
Building 
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Almshouses 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 9237 8737 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:41.1559N 2:6.5621W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 9238 8739
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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