Seckford Arms Houses, Woodbridge.
Etching. 230 x 312mm. 9 x 12¼".
The Almshouses at Woodbridge in Suffolk. Thomas Seckford served Elizabeth I in a number of important judicial roles. He amassed a personal fortune and when he died in 1587 he left his estate in Clerkenwell to endow an Almshouse for 13 poor men in Woodbridge. At the start of the Victorian period the old Almshouses were replaced by impressive new buildings. In 1861 it was suggested that the Almshouse charity be joined with the smaller and less well-endowed Free-School charity. The Free-School had been founded in 1662 by Dorothy Seckford and other benefactors. The union took place and a new school was constructed just outside the town.
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