By (author) Anna Hallett
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Almshouses by Anna Hallett
Book DescriptionThere are around 2500 groups of almshouses in Great Britain, most of which were founded centuries ago. Some of them can trace their origins to the early Middle Ages when religious institutions were among the first to offer shelter to needy elderly people. Many others were initiated by individuals who left money for the erection of sometimes splendid buildings. Often picturesque, they can be found in towns, villages and remote country areas. Almshouses come in a variety of architectural styles and often have interesting features, including coats of arms, inscriptions, dedications, statues, clock-towers and sundials. Many have chapels and gardens. About the authorAnna Hallett has lectured for a wide range of educational institutions. Her interest in almshouses started in the Netherlands, where she was born, and has continued in Britain where she has enjoyed discovering the many fascinating examples to be found in the most unlikely places..
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747805830
(210mm x 150mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Anna Hallett
Anna Hallett's interest in Almshouses started in the Netherlands, where she was born, and has continued in Britain where she has discovered many fascinating examples to be found in the most unlikely places.
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