John Smith's Hospital, Longport
Old Almshouses, also called a hospital - 1657, as seen on the date
John Smith almshouses
John Smith almshouses

View from north west

Dutch gable seen from south-east

This set of old almshouses (numbered 37-44 Longport) is just opposite the prison. It was founded by John and Ann Smith as almshouses - homes for poor old people.

It is particularly attractive for the Dutch gables seen in the photo. They are still used for their original purpose.

The brickwork is old English bond, which is not so common in Canterbury in my experience as other bonds, and reflects the relatively early date.


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