East Donyland: Charities for the poor

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A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10, Lexden Hundred (Part) Including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 2001.

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Joseph Kingsbury, by will dated 1715, devised to the rector two houses for the use of the poor. The gift was not recorded again until 1848 when it was said to comprise one small cottage. (fn. 1) The house may have been that used for pauper hous- ing which was sold in 1838. (fn. 2)

In 1889 Celia, widow of Lord Alfred Henry Paget, built a row of almshouses off Albion Street in memory of her husband. The houses were occupied by retired yacht hands from the Paget yachts until the mid 20th century, when the scope of the charity was widened to include other inhabitants of Rowhedge. In 1995 the Paget Memorial Trust let the houses to needy people and used the income from rents to assist the elderly. (fn. 3)


  • 1. E.R.O., D/DSb T7; White's Dir. Essex (1848), 122.
  • 2. Above, this par., Local Govt.
  • 3. Plaque on bldg.; inf. from Mrs. C. Evans of the Paget Memorial Trust.