Some of the Cotswolds almshouses that survive today had their roots in medieval hospitals. They were designed to help the deserving poor – by Victorian times, usually the elderly, and often women.
Wealthy locals would often leave charitable bequests in their wills, both to help feed and accommodate the poor, but also to ensure they were remembered in positive terms. Almshouses are noted for their striking architecture; if you want to visit on, below is a map showing the location of some of those that still exist today.
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