Acquisition of Almshouse Charity

Shrewsbury Drapers Holy Cross Ltd has recently taken over management of Adams Eleemosynary Charities  (Registered Charity 230499)

At the main entrance to Adams Grammar School, High Street, Newport there are two pairs of almshouses. These semi-detached one-bedroom houses were built by William Adams in 1657 (at the same time as the school) and rebuilt in 1851. These cottages are tiny and not fit for purpose, confirmed by a total lack of interest when vacancies have been advertised recently.

Both the trust that owns the school and the almshouse trust, Adams Eleemosynary Charities, have been part of the charitable activities of The Haberdashers’ Company, London. However, The Haberdashers’ Company has decided to concentrate on their educational charities managing 15 or so establishments.

With the agreement of the Charity Commission, Shrewsbury Drapers Holy Cross Ltd has recently been appointed as corporate trustee of Adams Eleemosynary Charities.

Under this agreement, the school trust has bought the three unoccupied houses for use by the school. When the fourth house becomes unoccupied, that in turn will be purchased for use by the school.

All the assets of the trust will continue to be used in the future for provision of almshouses.




Vacancies in our Almshouses occur from time to time and are advertised on this website. 

 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.