|Bertie Almshouses Garden||Bromley|
Bertie Almshouses were built in 1890 in Arts and Crafts style, at the behest of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Akers of Malling Abbey in memory of her husband Bertie Peter Cator. The small sheltered garden has mature trees, shrubs and back garden now divided in two. A plaque in the porch has the inscription 'AD VSVM PAVPERVM DEI IN MEMORIAM BERTII ET DIANAE MDCCCXC'.
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Bertie Almshouses were built in 1890 in Arts and Crafts style, possibly designed by J D Sedding, who exhibited a drawing 'Almshouses Beckenham' at the Royal Academy in 1891, and who lived in West Wickham for a few years. They were built at the behest of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Akers of Malling Abbey in memory of her husband Bertie Peter Cator (c.1836-1875), whose family were prominent Beckenham gentry, Cator was the seventh son of Joseph and Diana Bertie of Clock House. A plaque in the porch has the inscription 'AD VSVM PAVPERVM DEI IN MEMORIAM BERTII ET DIANAE MDCCCXC'. The almshouses were originally owned by her estate and then taken over by London Borough of Bromley, and finally, after reconstruction, by the Beckenham Parochial Charities. They were originally two houses, but were converted horizontally into three flats with 2 downstairs and 1 upstairs. The small sheltered garden has mature trees including ash, holly, small cypressas, prunus cerasifera 'nigra' in the front, shrubs in front and back gardens and 2 box-cut privet hedges and a box hedge in front. The back garden is divided by a wooden fence into two for the downstairs flats. A commemorative bench was placed between the two front doors in the porch in 1982.
John Wagstaff & Doris Pullen 'Beckenham: an anthology of Local History' (nd), p21; H R Copeland, 'Village of Old Beckenham' 9nd), p57; Minutes of Beckenham Parochial Charity 1980-2003.
LPGT Volunteer Research by Kristina Taylor, 2006