The wonderful world of almshouses!


The wonderful world of alms-houses!

Jesus Hospital Charity in High Barnet

Simon Smith
Thursday 31 March
7.30 pm at Stephens House and online

Alms-houses are as relevant today as they were 1,000 years ago when the first ones were founded. We can see many great examples of almshouses close to home – the London Borough of Barnet has one of the largest number anywhere. Simon Smith told us about the fascinating history of alms-houses in the UK, Europe and worldwide. He also compared how one obtained entry to an alms-house in the 17th century and how one can qualify today.

In 2006 Simon became Clerk to The Visitors (Trustees) at Jesus Hospital Charity in High Barnet. The Charity dates back to the 1600s and provides 63 alms-houses in Barnet. Simon managed the Charity for 15 years and has recently been made an ambassador for the whole alms-house movement. He is a keen historian and has given talks on the history of both Jesus Hospital Charity and the wider alms-house movement.

Stephens House: The meeting took place at Stephens (Avenue) House, 17 East End Road, Finchley N3 3QE. It began at 7.30 pm.

Online: The meeting also took place via Zoom. If you would like more information about our online meetings but are not a Member of the Finchley Society, please email us at

Note: You will find an internet calendar (ics) file here. You can use this file to add the March 31 meeting to your online calendar.