The Whitgift Almshouses

Step through the gates of the 400 year old Whitgift Almshouses and you will find yourself in a hidden oasis of peace and tranquillity.

Located in the heart of Croydon’s town centre, self contained flats clustered around picturesque lawns provide a secure and thriving community. Residents are able to come and go as they please, safe in the knowledge that help is on hand. Care Officers take charge of the day to day running of The Almshouses and provide a full programme of activities for residents to join in as they please.

History

Residents take pride in the fact that they live in a building steeped in history. The majority of its features remain as they were when founded by a former Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift, in 1596 as The Hospital of the Holy Trinity.

John Whitgift often stayed in the Archbishop’s Palace in Croydon, the present Old Palace of John Whitgift School, where he used to rest from the rigours of high office. His liking for the town, and his fondness for employees, prompted him to ask Queen Elizabeth I for permission to build a Hospital for elderly people and a school.

The accommodation in The Almshouses included two rooms for the Archbishop himself. From 1599, when the first residents moved in, until his death in 1604, John Whitgift was a frequent visitor. He would dine with his ‘brothers and sisters’ in the Common Hall and he came to look upon them as members of his own family.