LOOKING BACK - November 20 edition

Market Place, with the almshouses on the very left of the picture

Market Place, with the almshouses on the very left of the picture

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Lawrence Sheriff Almshouses

Last month we printed a couple of David Boult’s pictures from Rugby’s VE Day parade (October 30 edition).

The almshouses

The almshouses

They were taken through the window of one of the old almshouses, giving the perfect view of proceedings. Unless you were living in Rugby before 1961, when they were demolished to make way for a parade of shops, you may not remember or know what they looked like. So I thought today’s collection from our archive might be of interest. They had distinctive doorways, an d you should be able to the first one on the very left of this picture, just around the corner from the clothes shop canopy. It’s a great picture of the bustling Market Place.

So here’s what the old Lawrence Sheriff almshouses looked like.

David Boult said he remembered going into one of them to visit his relatives and it was very dark and gloomy inside, with a large fireplace.

The first homes, for four poor men, dated back to 1567, when founder Lawrence Sheriff died leaving part of his fortune for them to be built.