Spalding charity existed for over 400 years

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Spalding’s almshouse charity is unique in being the only one in the country administered by ‘town husbands’.

That term refers to the long line of trustees whose prudence has ensured that The Spalding Town Husbands’ almshouse portfolio has continued to grow and that the donations and legacies given to the charity increase in value.

Clerk Richard Knipe says that the terms of eligibility were changed a few years ago to simply the qualification criteria: the definition is now “poor and needy” and normally resident in this district.

It is the trustees who make the final decision on which applications for help are successful, but it is thanks to the generosity of generations of people that the charity continues its work.