The Ridgers

The Ridgers

In 1859 four almshouses were built on the Green in Chingford, the Almshouses were funded by public subscription. A fifth house was added during the Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. Over the next century other Chingford residents left legacies for the repair and maintenance of the almshouses and to benefit the occupants of the almshouses, notably the Ainslie sisters, and in her will Nellie Ridgers left a house to be sold requesting the proceeds be applied to the almshouses. The house was eventually sold in 1956 for £3,675 and the proceeds invested. In September 1957 two of the five houses were vacant and the Trustees were informed by their architect that ‘the existing structures were not capable or modification or conversion so as to bring them into line with present day requirements.’ In February 1958 the trustees resolved to purchase a new site on Templeton Avenue offered for sale at £850 by the Chingford Borough Council, and to erect six new almshouses each containing kitchen, bathroom and bed-sitting room.

When, over time the bedsitting rooms became difficult to let, trustees decided to demolish the existing building and build new almshouses on the site. Building works commenced in early June 2008 and were completed in April 2009, fifty years after the former almshouses were built and one hundred and fifty years after the original Victorian Almshouses were built on Chingford Green in 1859.

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