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Penrose's Almshouses at Barnstaple, 1827 f.73

Penrose's Almshouses at Barnstaple, 1827 f.73

Artist: Buckler

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1827

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36361

Item number: f.73

Length: 26.5

Width: 36

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The first almshouses to be built in Britain were founded by King Athelstan in York in the 10th century. These almshouses were built in 1627 with money left by John Penrose of Fremington (1575-1624). He was Mayor of Barnstaple in 1620 and had made his wealth from trading in woollen goods.

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