Guildford Almshouses

Caleb Lovejoy

Almshouses trace their history back to monastic times where the terms bedehouse, hospital, maison dieu, almshouse and others described the provision of accommodation for those in need.

The other almshouses in Guildford are Abbot’s Hospital, at the top of the High Street opposite Holy Trinity church, Stoke Hospital on Stoke Road and the Hillier Almshouses on the Farnham Road.

The word hospital is used in its original meaning of providing hospitality: these institutions do not provide medical care.

For more information about almshouses in general, visit the website of The Almshouse Association

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Donations & Bequests

The charity’s only significant source of income is from the charges paid by the residents. As an almshouse, these charges must be set at affordable levels below market rates. Consequently, other forms of income are always welcome as maintaining such a historic building is very costly. If you would like to help the charity in our fundraising efforts and continue the great work started by Caleb Lovejoy in 1676, perhaps as a one-off donation or as a bequest in your will, please contact.