Sir Robert Hitcham Almshouses, Framlingham

Sir Robert Hitcham Almshouses are located in Framlingham. The Almshouses have a great history and story to follow. You can find out more here...

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Welcome to Sir Robert Hitcham Almshouses

Sir Robert Hitcham held a career in law at the highest level. He became a barrister at Gray’s Inn and held posts including Attorney General to Anne of Denmark. Following this, King James I knighted him on 29th June 1604.

From the wealth he accumulated, Sir Robert Hitcham purchased Framlingham Castle from the Earl of Suffolk in 1635 for a total of £14000. Within his will following his death in 1636, he instructed for the Castle to be demolished and a poor house to be erected in its place. The Almshouses where originally constructed in 1640 for six widows and six widowers. Males would receive a hat, a blue coat annually, and women a bonnet and gown,

The Almshouses retain their original 17th Century character, though have been refurbished making the properties safer and more habitable. 

  • Spacious lounge
  • Newly fitted kitchen
  • Bathroom or wetroom
  • Communal gardens to front and rear
  • Individual rear garden
  • An emergency intercom alarm system with pull cord
  • Equipped with central heating

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