The Leather Sellers Almshouses, Union Street, Barnet, Greater London

The Leather Sellers Almshouses, Union Street, Barnet, Greater London
Photograph taken 09 April 2007 © Mr Adam Watson. Source Historic England Archive ref: 199142

These almshouses were built by The Leathersellers Company, one of the ancient Livery (uniform making) Companies of the City of London. Livery Companies have a tradition of providing accommodation for the elderly. The foundation stone for these almshouses was laid in July 1837, with further wings added in 1849 and 1866. They were originally intended for poor members of the Company or their widows. Each almsman (person) received a weekly pension and a coal allowance.

Location

Greater London Barnet

Period

Victorian (1837 - 1901)

Tags

almshouse charity philanthropy social welfare poor Victorian (1837 - 1901)