Almshouse social housing is key to The Merchant Taylors' philanthropic work, helping to provide safe, comfortable homes for older people
The Merchant Taylors' Company changes lives through the provision of almshouse social housing 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, on land originally entrusted to the Company by wool merchant Christopher Boone in the 17th century.
In 2019, the Company unveiled the completed Christopher Boone's Court, a development in partnership with One Housing Group housing association to house 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.
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.