|Queen Elizabeth's College Almshouses||Greenwich|
Queen Elizabeth's College was founded in 1576 by historian William Lambard, and provided homes for the poor and elderly of Greenwich. The almshouses were subsequently rebuilt in 1817 as 40 one-bedroom cottages. In 1967 Lambard House was built to provide a further 28 flats. The almshouse cottages are on three sides of a quadrangle with a chapel at the centre of the south range. To the front is a small communal garden that comprises a simple lawn with specimen trees and shrubs.
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Queen Elizabeth's College was founded in 1576 by the historian William Lambard, the first public charity to be founded following the Reformation, and provided homes for the poor and elderly of Greenwich. It is recorded on the South Benefaction Board in St Alfege's Church (q.v.).The almshouses were subsequently rebuilt in 1817 as 40 one-bedroom cottages, probably designed by Jesse Gibson, surveyor to The Drapers' Company, which continues to act as Trustee for the charity. In 1967 Lambard House was built as part of the estate to provide an additional 28 flats, some with 2-bedrooms. The residents were provided with a small communal garden, which now comprises a simple lawn with specimen trees and shrubs; the almshouse cottages are on three sides of the quadrangle with a chapel with Ionic portico, pediment and cupola at the centre of the south range. Queen Elizabeth's College is one of three almshouses in London that come under the trusteeship of The Drapers' Company, and managed by Hanover Housing Association. The almshouses continue to provide housing for people over 65, who live in either Greenwich or Lewisham. Facilities for the residents include the landscaped communal garden, a Community Hall for social activities, a Chapel and a laundry. There is an active social club, organized by the residents, providing a range of activities and outings.
Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999, p 270; Robert and Celia Godley, 'Greenwich: A history of Greenwich, Blackheath, Charlton, Deptford and Woolwich', 1999.