History of almshouses

Lord Edward (2nd right) with residents Sylvia Maskell, Phyllis Walker,Esme Mullins, Colin and Cathy Warwick
Lord Edward (2nd right) with residents Sylvia Maskell, Phyllis Walker,Esme Mullins, Colin and Cathy Warwick

After six years of closure Bakewell Almshouses have been rescued at a cost of £325,000.

To mark the occasion, Lord Edward Manners unveiled a plaque outside Bakewell Almshouses that outlines the history of the building and its restoration.

Tony Short, Chair of Trustees, said: “The priority was always to re-open the homes, with happy and deserving residents who could have a positive effect on the town.

“So many people asked questions about the building that we decided to provide the plaque.”

Lord Edward Manners readily agreed to the inclusion of the coat of arms of John Manners, his 11th great-grandfather, the founder of the charity in 1602.

He said: “I am pleased to support the historical link between the Manners family and the almshouses.”

The three awards to the charity for the restoration work are displayed on a second plaque and this includes the one from HRH Prince of Wales, presented previously in person.