Appeal to fill almshouse in north Suffolk

Appeal to fill Almshouse''Pictured: Chair of Trustees Juilet Bamber and Trustee Michael Withers ANL-150430-103121009

Appeal to fill Almshouse''Pictured: Chair of Trustees Juilet Bamber and Trustee Michael Withers ANL-150430-103121009

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A charity responsible for a group of Brome almshouses which have links to the 17th Century is on the lookout for new tenants.

The properties are cared for and managed by the The Elizabeth, Lady Cornwallis Almshouse Trust.

Originally the trust was set up for the benefit of the aged and needy in Brome and Oakley, but with it becoming increasingly difficult to find occupants, the deeds were amended in 2003 following a petition to the Charity Commission.

This now allows people from the South Norfolk and Mid Suffolk districts to apply, although priority will remain for those from Brome and Oakley, while younger people who are deemed to be in need will also be considered.

However, despite the charitable nature of the homes, it has become increasingly difficult to fill them.

Chairman of trustees Juliet Bamber, said: “The cottages are very quaint, and have a lot of the original features exposed, like beams inside,” she said. “I think the residents enjoy the peace and community. I think they have built up a bit of a community there.

“For quite some time in the 80s and 90s the cottages were very run down.

“We did not have the funding to maintain the cottages very well, but gradually, over the last 15 to 20 years, I think we have changed that.”

It currently costs £105.50 per week to stay in one of the cottages made up of £87.50 equivalent fair rent and £18 as a contribution towards the cost of services provided such as central heating and water rates, although residents are responsible for electricity supply and council tax costs.

The four terraced cottages, known as the Cornwallis Cottages, were endowed to the village in the late 17th Century by Sir Stephen Fox in memory of his daughter, Lady Elizabeth.

She was married to the Rt. Hon. Charles, Lord Cornwallis, Baron of Eye. Her life was short but eventful; she had four sons, two of whom died in infancy, and her husband was accused of murder in London shortly before her death at the age of 25.

n If you are interested call Juliet Bamber on 01379 740009