Woodchester: Charities for the poor

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A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11, Bisley and Longtree Hundreds. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1976.

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In 1729 Richard Cambridge gave £20, the interest to be used at the discretion of the overseers. In 1828 the capital sum was said to have been lost (fn. 1) but it had apparently been applied by the overseers to buy five almshouses for the parish in 1763. (fn. 2) The alms-houses, in Bospin Lane, were sold by the parish in 1955 and later demolished. The capital sum raised, amounting to £108 was invested and a Scheme of 1957 provided a yearly income of £3 which was given to deserving cases triennially. (fn. 3) By will dated 1898 Harriett Jane Matthews left £300, the interest to be used to maintain a grave and provide £2 yearly to the Sunday school and £2 to a choir and organ fund; any residue was to be used for a coal and blanket charity. In 1972 the small income accruing for charitable purposes was distributed as need arose. (fn. 4)


  • 1. 18th Rep. Com. Char. 369.
  • 2. Little, Woodchester, 35.
  • 3. Back, Woodchester, 55-6; Char. Com. Reg.; ex inf. the rector.
  • 4. Glos. R.O., CH 21; P 375/CW 2/2; ex inf. the rector.