by women, for women, since 1802

About Us


The Charity’s purpose remains essentially the same as envisaged by our founders, that being

“ …. For the provision of permanent relief to poor and aged women. It is a Society managed by women for women, a Society in which the organisation is simple, the finances sound, and in which there is growth and development”.

The Friendly Almshouses provides accommodation for women, aged 50 or older, who are in housing need. We do this solely through income generated from subscriptions, donations, interest on endowments and maintenance contributions from residents. Women interested in living with us may be referred by social services and other local agencies or may approach us directly and must usually be living or have ties to a location within a ten mile radius of St Paul's cathedral.

Residents live in studio flats, with four studios in each of our five properties, supported by our wardens and Clerk.

While our residents live independently, participation in the community life of The Friendly Almshouses is encouraged. Quarterly residents’ meetings provide the opportunity for discussion between residents & members of the Committee.