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Re: Kent Charities
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2016, 12:04:16 »
The given dates are from the local newspapers held at the Sheerness Library , High Street , Sheerness.

Richard Webbs  1869 Mar 27th, 1871 Feb 10th, Mar 25th,April 18th,

Eastchurch Charities                                                                 1889 April 27th

Queenboro’ “ Stamps “ charity £500 invested for widows         1890 Jun 7th

Hopsons charity –Minster school                                              1890 Aug 23rd

Hopsons Charity as prizes                                                        1900 Dec 22nd

Webbs Palm Sunday 6d each for workhouse children              1906 April 7th

Webbs Charity – a full description (1812)                                  1907 Mar 30th

The Queenborough Charities                                                     1907 July 6th

A new charity for Queenborough                                               1908 Feb 8th

Major Hobson left £700  1817 Feb 17th                                     1908 Feb 29th

Webbs charity for the Workhouse                                              1908 May 2nd

Richard Webb pen given for the best writing      (1812)             1908 July 4th

Webbs charity 3 paragraphs (very good)                                   1909 April 10th

Shipwrecked Sailors and Charities                                            1909 Sept 18th

Webbs charity by a centarian                                                     1911 Jan 28th

Webb memorial service b 1733 d 1833                                      1911 April 15th

Hopson trust, list of winners plus history                                    1911 Nov 25th

Richard Webbs Charity Silver pens are given                            1913 June 21st

History of Hobsons Charity                                                         1913 Nov 8th/22nd

1804 The shipwrecked Gentlemen of Queenborough                1916 Sept 23rd

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 15:11:33 »

The Charity of Richard Watts was founded in 1579 under the terms of his will for the benefit of six poor travellers and the needy of Rochester.

“ The six poor travellers “ house, as it is known, was the first almhouse of the Charity, which in addition to providing overnight accommodation for six “ Wayfaring  men “ also housed pauper children in order that they might learn a trade or occupation.

In 1858 “Watts “ Almhouses were built in Maidstone Road, Rochester, to house ten men and ten women of which five women were to be nurses who would provide a nursing service for the inmates of the Almhouses and also the poor of Rochester. In 1977 eleven bungalows were added to  “Watts Almhouses “ which now provide accommodation for 38 residents and 3 members of staff. The  Almhouse Charities were further extended by the inclusion of Sir John Hayward’s Almhouses and St. Catherine`s  Hospital, thus raising the total of residents to 79.

The course of Richard Watts’ Charity has changed considerably over the years. In 1880  public baths were built on the Esplanade to provide facilities for both swimming and private bathing. However, the advent of the National Health Service and the Welfare State removed the need for public baths and privately operated district nursing services. Nevertheless, the Charity is still playing an active role in local society by the provision of almhouse accomodation and by the payment of grants  to those who have a particular need but who are not almhouse residents.

The Charity’s early interest in children has been maintained under the Richard Watts and Sir John Haywood’s Educational Charity,  the purpose of which is to provide grants to Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School and the Rochester Grammar School for Girls, in addition to other educational projects which are, from time to time brought to the attention of the Trustees.
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