Almshouses are unfurnished dwellings, which are designed to provide convenient and comfortable accommodation in a setting which allows residents to come and go as they please. Almshouses provide accommodation for eligible beneficiaries, who are encouraged to make friends and to share a wider social life through the use of the communal lounge and other facilities where they are available.
St. Thomas’s Almshouses
St. Thomas’s Almshouses provides modern accommodation, on a single site at the junction of Wrotham Road and Old Road West, Gravesend. There is pedestrian access from both roads and vehicular access from Pinnocks Avenue. The site provides a limited amount of car parking and there are gardens and lawned areas throughout.
The living accommodation, which is all self-contained, comprises:
- 6 one-bedroom bungalows and
- 54 one-bedroom flats situated on either the ground or first floor.
In addition there is a community lounge, usually known as The Lodge.
The residential accommodation was rebuilt in three phases, starting in 1992 and finishing in 2000. The Lodge has been completely refurbished and extended with completion of the work in 2004.