Catalogue description Christian Union Almshouses, 21 Crawford Place

This record is held by City of Westminster Archives Centre

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Reference: 1318
Title: Christian Union Almshouses, 21 Crawford Place

Administrative records


Christian Union Almshouses Committee minutes


Annual reports


Financial records


Administrative records


Records of inmates and applicants to the almshouses


Almshouse property records


Printed histories of the almshouses

Date: 1833-1989
Held by: City of Westminster Archives Centre, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Christian Union Almshouses, 21 Crawford Place

Physical description: 45 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the Christian Union Almshouses were deposited on permanent loan by Miss P Bevington, Christian Union Almshouses, 21 Crawford Place.

Administrative / biographical background:

The Christian Union Almshouses were founded in 1832., when a leasehold property at 28 John Street (now Crawford Place) was purchased with contributions raised by the parishes of St Mary's Bryanston Square, St Pancras and Paddington. Homes were built "to provide an asylum for poor and aged believers in full communion with some Protestant church". The Almshouses gave charitable support and shelter to the poor, most of whom were retired female servants or seamstresses of St Marylebone Inmates were chosen by elections held every six months.


In 1836, 27 and 29 John Street were also acquired and after buying three more houses in Marylebone Road in 1867 (later sold), up to 60 persons were housed. Following the gaining of the freehold to the John Street premises, the almshouses were rebuilt in 1899 at a cost of £7,000. Subsequent modernisation work was undertaken in 1950 and 1989.

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