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Sir Robert Hitcham Almshouses
History of 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
To be considered for living at Sir Robert Hitcham Almshouses, applicants must be a minimum of 55 years of age. Residency within the local area must have been held for a minimum of two years, or have local connections within the area. Applicants will need to register with Gateway to Homechoice to be considered for a property. An internal applicant register will also be held by our dedicated Almshouses member of staff.