Other charities benefiting the residents of Hosyer’s Almshouses between 1552 and 1835

Throughout this period, many better-off Ludlow residents gave generously to the poor. Between 1550 and 1600, for example, 65 of the 194 extant Ludlow wills had bequests to the poor. Most of these were one-off donations, but a few followed the example of John Hosyer and made endowments, that is gave property or invested funds in favour of a particular charity. A number of the charities were specifically for the residents of Hosyer's Almhouses. These included:

Thomas Candland, 1617

Thomas Candland was a prosperous Ludlow mercer, who had premises at Nos. 14/15 King Street. He was on the Corpo-ration for 45 years, and served as Bailiff six times. He left a rent charge from what is now No. 13 King Street to provide 4d to each resident at Hosyer's on Ash Wednesday.

James Walter, 1624

James Walter was the son of a Ludlow judge, Edmund Walter, Chief Justice of South Wales, whose tomb is in the chancel of the parish church. He acquired lands in Richards Castle and set himself up as a substantial landowner. He left £10 a year to Ludlow Borough Corporation which was used with other funds to increase the weekly payments to the Hosyer's residents.

William Archer, 1677

William Archer was a landowner who held office at the Council of the Marches which had its headquarters at Ludlow Castle. He left a rent charge from land in Sutton's Close (between Old Street, Friars' Walk and Lower Galdeford), from which the Hosyer's residents were given 4d each on Good Friday.

Susan Gay, 1724

Susan Gay left land at Kingsland, Herefordshire, the income from which was used to increase the weekly payments.
Morgan Lloyd, 1735. Morgan Lloyd was a carrier, who lived in Dinham. He gave a rent charge from No. 40 Dinham which gave the residents 4d each a year.

Mary Betenson, 1797; Susan Smith, 1801; and Sarah Owen, 1824

These ladies were all widows who left £100 each to further increase the weekly payments.

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