Almshouse social housing is key to The Merchant Taylors' philanthropic work. The Company provides safe, comfortable homes to older people in Lewisham
The Merchant Taylors' Company Almshouses offer safe and comfortable homes for people in financial need, aged at least 57, who can live independently. Merchant Taylors' is proud to have provided almshouses since the Middle Ages, first in the City of London, and now in Lewisham.
The Company built London's first Almshouses in the 15th century and then in 2019, the Company unveiled the completed Christopher Boone's Court, a new development in partnership with One Housing Group housing association for 33 almshouse residents.
The apartments are modern and spacious, with welcoming communal areas, a large garden complete with shared vegetable-growing space, and wheelchair accessibility throughout. The project was designed to facilitate residents' changing needs, a wide range of interests and to encourage community spirit.
Over the course of the Company's long history several sites have been used for housing for those who require it most and the Company this year began to expand upon its remit and develop a bold new strategy that will tackle the homelessness crisis in Lewisham, which ranks 12th for highest homelessness rates in the country.
The Merchant Taylors’ Boone’s Charity is a Registered Provider of Social Housing (A2246) and a registered charity in England and Wales (214262). 30 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8JB.