April 29, 2019

Penge’s Free Watermen and Lightermen’s Almshouses

I’m 61 years old and today was the first time I have ever visited these Almshouses, but I must have walked past them thousands of times. They are small but magnificent.

They were all closed when I was young, with corrugated iron fencing around their perimeter hiding what’s inside. (Yet the bumph I have read today says that the last alms residents moved out in 1973). Of course they are all now privately owned rather than for the benefit of the “Aged and Decayed Members of the Watermen’s and Lightermen’s Company and their Widows”.