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We took a trip up the big road to the town of my youth: Abingdon upon Thames, which is in Berkshire, no matter what the government says.

Anyway, we spotted some of the most lovely Almshouses you could aspire to. These humble dwellings date from 1446, although the modern porch and oak panel ambulatory only dates from 1605.




Lovely. Take a look at the uplifting passages painted in the passage:



And over the porch:



You have a nice private garden:



It is right next to the Thames and a matter of feet from the local pub.
What else could you possible want in your failing years?

I just wondered if I might qualify for a place being as I will fall on hard times as soon as I stop working.

Let's check. Here's the text of one of the plaques nearby:

In memory of Charles Twitty late of the City of Westminster Esq who for thirty years together next before his death with great fidelity and assiduous care executed ye office of Deputy Auditor of the receipt of exchequer.

And out of his pious inclination of this the parish of his nativity gave by his Will the sume of seventeen hundred pounds for building and perpetually endowing an Hospital for maintayning in meate, drinke and apparel, and all other necessarys of life: Three poor aged men and the like number of poor aged women to be chosen out of the honest and industrious poor people of this place not receiving the common almes: as by his said Will is directed.


Hmm.

I think I might be able to swing that. Honest, Industrious, Poor. I also have a connection with the town, and I am of good report, surely. I don't mind wearing a funny old uniform. I can learn to smoke a churchwarden pipe. I won't be any trouble.


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Re: Alms race details

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It looks like my poor meagre savings will be depleted by the need to buy the new Olympus OMD E-M1, so I therefore cast myself upon the mercies of the Charitable Trust.

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Re: Alms race details

Super set Pete.

The architecture of Alms Houses always seems to me to have an enduring quality. They are usually instantly recognisable for what they are yet never seem out of place amongst more modern buildings.

I can't see today's "retirement homes" lasting as long.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Alms race details

Good shots Pete of a great place to live out ones life.

How's the application going?
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Harrumph! I had to point out we have two cars, and one of them is quite large so we would need three parking spaces. Also though the houses are lovely and small, but I wonder if they had a larger one so I can have my 48 inch plasma on the wall.

I haven't had a reply yet.


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PS. I did take the standard picture I always snap in Abingdon. This is right next to the Almshouses.




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So old.
Not you Pete - the Almshouses - 1446 - incredible, they look great.
Enjoyed seeing these.
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Re: Alms race details

I'm putting my application in. Will using a Zenza Bronica help? That's almost as old as the houses. Is there a room I could use as my computer room? Oh, hang on. Industrious. Damn!
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Nice shots Pete, as timeless as the buildings themselves.
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Re: Alms race details

What a fantastic place Pete. Nowt like that up here.


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Re: Alms race details

I was at school in Abingdon so recognise all of the pictures. I haven't been back for years though.
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I was at school in Abingdon so recognise all of the pictures. I haven't been back for years though.
Ah so was I, John Mason "High School" in my day, before it went comprehensive. :-)
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Re: Alms race details

Thanks for posting enough picture to get a feel for those awesome Almshouses.
That walkway is cool : like cloisters in a monastery.
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