Steeped in history, the Whitgift Almshouses, called the Hospital of the Holy Trinity, are situated in Croydon’s town centre and were founded and built in the 16th century by Archbishop John Whitgift to serve the poor and needy of Croydon. The first stone was laid on the 22nd of March 1596 and the date is still celebrated each year as ‘founder’s day’
While still very much part of our retirement community, residents here enjoy supported independent living, under their own care in self-catered sheltered housing that overlooks a beautiful private quadrangle.

Our support staff are there to keep a watchful eye, deal with any problems with the property, and to give them a helping hand with daily life when they need.

Staff are on site during the day throughout the week to help but should residents need help urgently at any time – they can trigger their pendant alarm to access our Careline and get the help they need.

On duty care support staff

Emergency pendant 24/7 Careline

Self catered

Morning call / daily check-ups

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Facilities & services

  • Sheltered housing
  • On duty support staff
  • Morning call / daily check-ups
  • Emergency pendant careline 24/7
  • Self-catered

“My relative has been in residence for a number of years and has been looked after above and beyond the required standard, in fact, it is clearly a labour of love and a vocation for the excellent staff.”

Relative of Resident

Take a tour around Whitgift Almshouses

Accommodation at Whitgift Almshouses

All sheltered housing apartments at the Whitgift Almshouses are unfurnished and include their own bathroom and kitchen area.

Every room is fitted with an alarm call system, fire alarm, and telephone and intercom. Communal facilities include the beautiful quadrangle garden and a large living room with comfortable chairs and an open fire – providing a central hub for social life and activities including weekly coffee mornings and lunches.

A chapel is housed within the grounds where residents enjoy services twice a week. There is a laundry on site for use by residents at no extra charge and a guest flat available for short term stays for families and friends.


Keeping active

It’s vital we keep our minds and bodies active as we get older – it keeps us feeling young and helps to bring a sense of joy and purpose to our daily lives.

At the Whitgift Almshouses, residents enjoy a strong sense of community and tend to forge close personal relationships with those they live with, often enjoying rounds of cards and garden games together, as well as with members of the wider John Whitgift Foundation family.

Assisted living

Residents at the Almshouses live under their own care in self-catered sheltered accommodation. However, staff are on duty seven days a week to deal with any problems at the property and to give residents a hand with daily life when they need.

And should they need help urgently outside of duty hours, they can trigger their pendant alarm to access our Careline and get the help needed.

Rated ‘Good’ across all our care settings by Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Meet the team

Find out more about our dedicated nursing and respite care team working at Whitgift care homes to support and care for our elderly residents.

Our Care Team

Whitgift Almshouses fees and entry criteria​

Unlike any other Whitgift Care residence, the Whitgift Almshouses have specific entry criteria that must be met – these are in accordance with the wishes of Archbishop John Whitgift and have been in place for more than four hundred years.

Residents here must be over the age of 60, of modest means, communicant members of the Church of England, and come from either the parishes of Lambeth, Croydon, or Kent.

Our Criteria

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Of modest means
  • Communicant members of CofE
  • Lambeth, Croydon, or Kent parishioners

Fees start from £512 per month

Local area


In easy reach of both London and the Southeast countryside, Croydon has excellent transport links by road, rail, and tram.


Whitgift Almshouses
North End, Croydon CR9 1PD

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New resident enquiries: 0208 256 1596
All other enquiries: 0208 760 0933

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