Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Preserving the past.

Providing for the future.

Shrewsbury Drapers Company

Founded 1462
Shrewsbury's oldest surviving ancient guild

Shrewsbury Drapers Company is a long-established Guild which was granted a royal charter in 1462. The Guild has been running almshouses continuously since 1444.

Today the Guild is a modern, volunteer-led organisation which mobilises the skills of dozens of volunteers to work for the public good. As well as continuing to build and run almshouses for the benefit of our residents, we preserve and maintain an historic guildhall, encourage textile crafts and education by an annual competition for both adults and students at school and college and continue the historic connections and traditions of The Company within Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Drapers Company wins Queen's Award

The highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK has been awarded to the Company in recognition for the outstanding work they do as a volunteer group that benefits their local community.

It has been granted in appreciation for their efforts in providing almshouses, preserving the heritage of their Guild and their historic buildings and encouraging textile design through their annual competition for adults, students and schools.

The award was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen's Golden Jubilee and is awarded on June 2nd each year, the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. The competition for awards is extremely strong and being one of only 241 in 2021 and only 4 in Shropshire is a real achievement.

 

Drapers Almshouses

Historically, since the early 15th century, Shrewsbury Drapers have owned and maintained up to 25 Almshouses around Shrewsbury in three different locations- at Fairford Place, St Giles and Holy Cross. Their fundraising efforts over the past decade have culminated in the planning and building of Drapers Place, providing an additional 25 units. The 50 units now cater for both single and double occupancy and are ideally situated close to amenities and the centre of Shrewsbury.

As in the past, the charitable endeavours of the Shrewsbury Drapers, include the welfare of its almshouse residents. Although we may have moved on from the provision of 'faggots of firewood', volunteers provide a support to residents very much as it would always have been in these establishments and from coffee to welfare, volunteers with specialist knowledge lead the organisation supported by our professional 'wardens'.

Our aim in managing our almshouses through the current epidemic is to follow official guidance, help our residents to stay healthy where we can and avoid placing our staff or volunteers at risk.

The almshouse residents may be at special risk from respiratory infections. Residents, family, suppliers and visitors should comply with the latest Government advice. In particular please wash your hands on arrival; depending which accomodation you are visiting, use the toilets in the Mulberry Room, the Bradbury Room or in the home you are visiting. Please do not enter if you have any symptoms, have been in contact with anyone with the virus or have recently returned from abroad.

In order to minimise the risk to our staff, contact will normally only be possible by telephone or email.

Residents, families and visitors should heed the advice about social distancing and isolation for those over 70 or with health conditions and think through how they will support the resident through this period.

Further information can be obtained from www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

News

Events

Shrewsbury Heritage Week 2021
11th September 2021

Vacancies

Vacancies in our Almshouses occur from time to time.  If you would like to register your interest please complete our Application Form and we will contact you. Details of the eligibility criteria and accomodation are on this website - look under Almshouses.