Visit Cleave's Almshouses in Old London Road on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September. Come and see the 17th Century building and glorious garden. Entry to hall and gardens via Old London Road. Refreshments available.
In 1668, William Cleave founded Almshouses for older, poor people of Kingston. The 'beneficiaries' used to have to wear a uniform, attend church twice on Sundays.
Today, things are much more relaxed. The Trust houses residents who are aged at least 60, of limited means, have some connection with the area and can live independently.
The houses on Old London Road conceal a magnificent garden and further homes. There are 25 units in all, many with individual gardens. There is also a guest flat for friends and relatives who need accommodation when visiting. Come and look around, meet some of the residents ('beneficiaries') and trustees. Hear about the fascinating history of this haven of peace. Ask questions over some refreshments and take away a brochure.