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Mrs Stable's Almshouses Bexley

Summary

Mrs Stable's Almshouses were founded in 1865 in memory of Charles Stable with an endowment of £500 by his widow. Four of the almshouses were to house poor single women of 60 and over, the fifth let annually for rent. The almshouse garden is laid out informally with recent planting and mature trees, including 2 pollarded limes and 2 Holm oaks, mixed privet and box hedges, mown grass and flower beds planted with bedding, bulbs and perennials.

Basic Details

Site location:
12-16 Iron Mill Lane, Crayford

Postcode:
DA1 4RW ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden

Date(s):
1865

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
Local List: Mrs Stable's Almshouses

Borough:
Bexley

Site ownership:
Swaisland & Stable Trust

Site management:
St Paulinus Parish Church

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Crayford. Bus: 492, 96

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.stpaulinus.co.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ513750 (551300,175050)

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Iron Mill Lane

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of High Archaeological Priority

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Mrs Stable's Almshouses were founded in 1865 in memory of Charles Stable with an endowment of £500 by Mrs Stable, niece of Charles Swaisland who built the Clergy House next door, now used as the parish office of St Paulinus Church (q.v.). Four of the almshouses were to house poor single women of 60 and over, the fifth let annually for rent. The almshouses, now administered by St Paulinus Church, consist of 2-storey houses constructed of yellow brick with white brick trim, now blackened with age, and slate roofs. There is a central porch and two windows per floor. In 1909 a later wing was added with one window per floor. At the same time a bath house was also built on the far side of the Clergy House. The Swaisland and Stable Trust Deed of 1876 was made between Revd Henry Moreland Austen of the Red House, Sevenoaks, a distant cousin of Jane Austen and formerly rector of Crayford, and Revd Benjamin Frederick Smith, rector of Crayford and two others. The almshouse garden is on level ground with straight paths, informal layout with recent planting and mature trees, including 2 pollarded limes and 2 holm oaks, one of which is damaged. Mixed privet and box hedges, mown grass and flower beds planted with bedding, bulbs and perennials. On the boundary is part of old iron field railing in the hedge. Across Iron Mill Lane to the north on land formerly glebe land of St Paulinus, nos. 11-13 are another range of almshouses, Pims Almshouses built in 1910, with a plaque stating they were 'presented by Theodore Pim Esquire formerly of Martens Grove (q.v.) in memory of his wife Annie September 1910'.

Sources consulted:

Darrell Spurgeon, 'Discover Crayford and Erith', Greenwich Guide Book, 1995; Swaisland & Stable Trust Deeds 1876 PA 105/25A/8 (Bexleyheath Local Studies Centre); List of Buildings of Local and Historical Interest in London Borough of Bexley, 1983.

LPGT Volunteer Research by Kristina Taylor, 2005

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