Homes for the not so rich
The rich throughout history have seen giving to the less well off a symbol of their greatness. A nobleman would often provide homes for the poor, or for aged servants.
These almshouses, as they were called, (alms are gifts to the poor) might be built in his lifetime, or he would leave money, and make his wishes known, in his will.
There was a need for someone in a caring role after Henry VIII had done away with the monasteries that had cared for the old and sick.
Would you be pleased to be given one of these homes?
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A large number of almshouses for poor people were built in Stuart times.