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Earl Danby Almshouses, Dauntsey

Earl Danby Almshouses, Dauntsey Date Photo Taken 2011
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By his will proved in 1645 Henry, earl of Danby, gave a site in Dauntsey and the income of £50 a year from 1667 for a school and almshouses. There were to be six inmates, aged 50 or more, unable to support themselves, and preferably natives or residents of Dauntsey. they received £5.4 shillings a year and, if there was sufficient money, clothing. The almshouse was definitely in existence by 1673 and the building was replaced in 1865 by the above building; the east wing of the new Earl Danby's School. In 1905 there were eight occupants, including two married couples, while in 1986 there were six residents.


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