Tour of Whitgift Almshouses – 18th September 2014

Almshouses Audience Chamber

The iconic Whitgift Almshouses, nestled in the heart of Croydon, will be open for guided tours exclusively for the Whitgiftian Association on Thursday 18 September at 6:15pm (tours start at 6:30pm).

The majority of the Almshouses features remain as they were when it was built by former Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift, in 1596 as a residence for the elderly and the poor in Croydon. Once described by Queen Elizabeth II as, “an oasis of peace and tranquillity”, the Almshouses are still in use as a home for older residents where rental flats are clustered around a picturesque courtyard.

Join this tour to find out more about Archbishop John Whitgift; his connections with Croydon and The Whitgift Foundation; the architectural features of the building and the fascinating historical artefacts found in its main rooms – the Audience Chamber, Common Room and Chapel.

Space on the tour is limited so booking is essential.



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