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Monday 4th July 2011 10:03

Question:
I live in the almshouses in Dauntsey when were they first built? by whom and what was the purpose of them please?

Answer:
The present school and attached almshouses were built in 1865. The original foundation was from a bequest in the will of Henry, the Earl of Danby, in 1645. He gave a site in Dauntsey and the income from property, worth 50.00 p.a. in 1645, for a school and almshouse. The latter was to accommodate six residents. They were probably in a poor state of repair by the mid 19th century and the trustees decided to rebuild. There were still six people in the almshouses in 1986.

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