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Dame Alice Leigh’s Almshouse

THE DAME ALICE LEIGH’S ALMSHOUSE

The Green, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire CV8 3DP

Close to the centre of Stoneleigh Village lies a picturesque, sandstone building. It is The Dame Alice Leigh’s Almshouse and currently it is home to two men and nine women.

Originally established by deed poll dated 1st March 1579, it was the will of Sir Thomas Leigh, who died in 1571 and his wife Dame Alice Leigh that the Almshouse be built. It was called “The Almshouse of Thomas Leigh, Knight, and of Alice, his wife, in Stoneleigh, in the county of Warwickshire”

It was established for the dwelling and habitation of five poor men and five poor women of the parish of Stoneleigh, who are to be appointed from among the oldest and most infirm of the parish.

Two wardens of the parish church of Stoneleigh were appointed to administer the Almshouse. The wardens were to be paid 6 shillings & 8 pence each per year for their pains, to provide preachers  to preach sermons each quarter, and to see that the poor folks go to church on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The vicar was also paid 6 shillings & 8 pence for each sermon.

Today the Almshouse is administered by seven Trustees and a Clerk. The Trustees, which include the vicar and a church warden no longer receive the 6 shillings & 8 pence.

The Almshouse has ten delightful residences and has undergone substantial refurbishment. All the period leaded windows have been repaired and or replaced, secondary glazing has been installed, new guttering and drainage has been installed as well as substantial stonework repairs.

The residents of the Almshouse enjoy spacious communal gardens which also contain a large, useful storage building with dedicated space for each residence.

The Dame Alice Leigh Charity provides and maintains the gardens and buildings. Also, all domestic appliances are provided together with carpets, storage heaters, phone line, tv point etc.

For more information please call Mike Wareham (Clerk) on 01608 654299 or email him at mcwareham@gmail.com