For more than 400 years The Drapers’ Company has been trustee of almshouse charities and provider of almshouse accommodation. As trustee of The Drapers' Almhouse Charity (Charity Registration No. 209850). It currently has three London-based almshouse estates that offer 175 units of accommodation for older people in need in Greenwich, Haringey and Southwark, providing a home where almost 200 residents can live independently in vibrant communities of older people.
The almshouses are run by Hanover Housing Association and each has its own full-time estate manager to support residents and oversee the day-to-day running of the estate. Each home also has its own out-of-hours emergency call system.
Residents pay a contribution towards the cost of running the almshouses and also pay their own utility bills and council tax.
For further information, details of current charges and to obtain an application form please contact:
Tel: 0800 280 2575
Located near Walton-on-Thames in Surrey in over 200 acres of woodland, Whitelely Village caters for all levels of need for older people of limited means. Around 350 residents live independently in cottages around the village benefitting from the many sports and social clubs as well as facilities including a shop, Post Office, church and library. For residents who need more assistance, 50 Extra Care self-contained flats with full Domiciliary Care Team are available and a Care Centre offers more traditional residential and nursing care for 114 residents.
Since 1663 the Drapers’ Company had been trustee of the Henry Lucas Trust and the Henry Lucas Hospital almshouses at Wokingham in Berkshire. By the start of the 21st Century the existing almshouse buildings had become unsuitable for the needs of residents as they became older and so, in 2002, the funds realised by the sale of the assets of Henry Lucas Trust were handed over to the Whitelely Homes Trust to build 16 new two-bedroom cottages providing homes for 32 residents from the Wokingham area.