Barnstaple Municipal Charities

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Chudleigh House Grange Road,
EX39 4AR


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Welcome to the collection of Almshouses in Barnstaple run by Barnstaple Municipal Charities. Our charity was established in the 1800’s for the benefit of people living within the borough of Barnstaple and surrounding five mile radius.

We provide homes in peaceful surroundings, ensuring a haven, refuge and a supportive community for those in need which may not be recognised by housing authorities or social services.

Barnstaple Municipal Charites has twenty eight Almshouses within Barnstaple in two sites: Horwood Paiges in Church Lane, in the centre of the town, next to St Peter’s and Saint Mary Magdalena Church, has four flats and four houses. Penrose in Litchdon Street, Newport has four flats and sixteen houses arranged in a cobbled quad with its own meeting room, chapel and set of allotments.
Each of our almshouses are unique and offers one bedroom accommodation with a bathroom, kitchen and sitting room for single occupants or couples.

The almshouses are steeped in history from the past four hundred years. Evidence of the skirmishes of the Civil War in 1842 can still be seen as the bullet holes are clearly visible in the door to the far left of the entrance gate. The national architectural importance of the Almshouses has been recognised by their Grade I & II listings.

In addition to the Almshouses our charity manages a fund established to provide grants for Apprentices, Educational purposes or Relief for those in Need. For more information about these grants please refer to the Relief Charitable Fund.

We are members of The Almshouse Association and are registered with the Charity Commission.

All donations to Barnstaple Municipal Charities will be spent on maintaining our historic buildings enabling our charity to continue providing refuge for those in need into the future.  Thank you

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