Houblon’s Almshouses

Worple Way, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6DA

Houblon's Almshouses were founded in1757 by Rebecca and Susanna Houblon, who vested the site of the almshouses and 2½ acres of land at the rear (now Houblon Road), together with some property at Harrow and Bollinhatch in Essex in trust to endow the almshouses. The Houblon sisters were unmarried daughters of Sir John Houblon, the first Governor of the Bank of England and they were almost certainly descended from Huguenot refugees, hence the provision that inmates of the almshouses should be Protestants (this is no longer the case). The sisters lived virtually all of their lives in a mansion on Richmond Hill that is now the Old Vicarage School.

On 30 April 1987 the Charity Commission made a new Scheme under which Michel's Almshouse Charity (including Benn's Walk Almshouses) became one of the Almshouse Charities of William Hickey and Others, now known as The Richmond Charities.