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Good Morning Everyone,

On a rather cloudy day, in Appleby, we came upon these delightful Alms Houses.

Alms houses are houses founded by charity, offering accommodation for poor people.

These Alms Houses were not visible from the main street
and were accessed through a carved archway between two houses. When entered, we were so surprised to come upon this neat, cobbled courtyard, surrounded by equally neat, red-doored cottages.

The Alms Houses were created by Lady Ann Clifford, who lived at Appleby Castle in 1651. Each of the doors has a stone, carved shield adjacent to it and in one corner is a small chapel where the residents could pray for the health of the benefactor.

One dear lady came out to tell us about the history of the houses. I asked her about the origins of the carved shields. She replied that they were the shields of Lady Ann; but all the shields were not identical and was told that ...'Well, Lady Ann was a very ambitious and very smart lady, she had more than one husband!
You might be able to discern one of these shields from a closer view of the doors here .

I will add a workshop here which shows this delightful old lady and have decided to send her a copy. Though she showed me inside her tiny cottage, I cannot remember the number but have no doubt that if I address it to St. Ann's Alms Houses, she will receive it!

Thank you for your interest and sharing our discovery of these delightful houses, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7094 W: 313 N: 16305] (64434)
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