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The Company administers The Merchant Taylors’ Boone’s Charity, which provides just over 30 almshouse dwellings within the Christopher Boone’s Court development in Blessington Road, Lewisham SE13 5FW.  These are for people who are aged at least 57 and are not only in financial need but also capable of independent living. The other dwellings at Christopher Boone’s Court are not owned by The Merchant Taylors’ Boone’s Charity. Instead, they are for sale by One Housing Group on long leases.

The  Charity is currently moving its almshouse residents into the almshouse dwellings at Christopher Boone’s Court. In summer 2019, once the move has been completed, this web-page will be updated with more detail.

Meanwhile a fuller explanation of the almshouse accommodation and application criteria can be found on the Housing Care website, here:

At the moment, there are no vacancies in the almshouse accommodation.


Housing Manager (Almshouses) job vacancy

We have a vacancy for an Housing Manager (Almshouses).  It is a part-time post. The closing date for applications is 19 April 2019. To apply, and to see full details of the vacancy, hours and benefits,  go to:

Unfortunately, we cannot consider an application unless it complies in full with the instructions accessible at the above link and is submitted via the link.

If you love working with older people and want to be part of an exciting, forward-thinking charity, then why not join our team?

We are recruiting a part-time Housing Manager (Almshouses) to work in our brand new almshouse social housing in Lewisham.

We provide over 30 dwellings of almshouse accommodation for people in financial need and aged at least 57, who are capable of independent living.

You will be the administrator of the almshouses and the public face of The Merchant Taylors’ Boone’s Charity to residents, their families and the public. You will play a ‘good neighbour’ role to individual residents and to the almshouse community as a whole. However, this is not a care role as all residents must be capable of independent living. You will be responsible for building and supporting a flourishing community in the new almshouses, including making best use of the communal space for the benefit of residents and appropriate use by external groups.

You are excellent with people, a clear thinker and have lots of common sense. You are self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as being a good team player. You are not afraid of responsibility. You have excellent written communication skills. You are a good learner, picking up new skills quickly and conscientiously – including IT skills.

This part-time role is for 25 hours per week, spread over 5 days Monday-Friday and including a 30 minute lunchbreak. Your normal working hours are likely to be 9.30 am to 2.30 pm Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend or evening work either at the almshouses in Lewisham or at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the City of London.

To be able to apply for this position you must have the legal right to work in the UK and therefore we will only consider applicants that fulfil this requirement.

As a minimum, all staff must be aware of, and comply with, the Merchant Taylors’ Company policy on Equality and Diversity and attend the mandatory training.

  • Zero incidents of bullying, harassment and inappropriate
  • Reporting or dealing with such behaviour

Note: the employer of this post is Bradestrete Services Ltd (‘Bradestrete’). Bradestrete is a subsidiary company of the Merchant Taylor’s Company, which provides the charity trustees for The Merchant Taylors’ Boone’s Charity.