Penrose Alms Houses Barnstaple.
If you get the chance, pop down to Litchdon Street and have a look at this wonderful functioning building. It's pretty impressive with it's
Granite front, even moreremarkable, it was built in 1627.
Penrose Almshouses where originally built for 20 dwellings. Each one housed shared by two people of the same sex. They were completed in 1627, 3 years after the death of the founder, John Penrose. Above the doorway a plaque records 'this howse was founded by Mr John Penrose, merchant, sometime mayor of this Barnstaple Ano Do 1627. John Penrose lived from 1575-1624 and was a dealer in woollen goods and mayor of Barnstaple.
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