What is an Almshouse?

Almshouse Charities are regulated by the Charity Commission and are usually governed by locally recruited trustees. Residents pay a weekly maintenance contribution which is similar to rent but different in law, and less than a commercial rate. Almshouse trusts were generally founded by benefactors in earlier times to provide for those in need and often to cater for a particular category of persons. The original purpose of the Davenport Homes was to provide accommodation for poor persons from the middle class or employees or former employees of the Davenport Brewery Companies and their dependants who (except in special cases) were resident within 25 miles of the Head Post Office in Birmingham. The purpose of the Samuel Welsh Memorial Homes was to benefit poor retired nurses and other health workers. Beneficiaries of the charity are now any person in need, hardship or distress but with preference given to those who fulfil the criteria of the original benefactors, in the case of 4 cottages the preference being for those who are poor retired nurses or other health workers. Distance is now measured from the Council House in Birmingham. How To Apply