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City of Wells Almshouses

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City of Wells Almshouses

16 Llewellyn’s Almshouses
Priest Row
01749 675 813

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There are five almshouse buildings in the City of Wells, which provide accommodation for older people in housing need.

The earliest of the five almshouses was founded in the fifteenth century through a legacy provided from the estate of the former Bishop of Bath and Wells and Treasurer to King Henry IV, Nicholas Bubwith. Bubwith's Almshouse is located next to St Cuthbert's Churchyard and includes a chapel and guildroom.

In the early sixteenth century an alderman of the city, Henry Llewellyn, left a legacy to build a further series of almshouses, on a separate site in Priest Row, to the north of St Cuthbert's Church.

More accommodation was provided through legacies from Bishop Still and Bishop Willes and in 1637 the Bubwith site was expanded again through a legacy from Walter Brick, a burgess of the city.

The almshouse buildings have been rebuilt many times in their history but are still known by the people of Wells as Bubwith’s, Still’s, Brick’s, Willes' and Llewellyn’s.

In 2014 a Charitable Incorporated Organisation was set up and to administer the City of Wells Almshouses Trust and is also a registered housing association.

A number of the Trustees are appointed by the Chapter of Wells Cathedral and by Wells City Council. The Dean of Wells and the Mayor of Wells are both ex-officio members of the Board. Currently Mr Simon Bruce is the Chair of Trustees and the Chief Executive is Althea Howarth.

The Almshouses are not generally open to the public but participate in Heritage Open Days 

You can call them 9am-1pm, Monday-Friday


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