I have passed Scott’s almshouses many times on my way to Hunslet shopping centre, to my local pub and way back as a child (over 55 years ago) going from Belle Isle where I lived, to my school, Hunslet Carr Primary School. All this time these have remained a mystery to me.
I’ve wondered all these times, who these almshouses are for? Almshouses are sometimes for poor people. Money was sometimes left in a rich person’s will for this type of building to be built.
I once did some work there about 20 years ago, when I cleaned upholstery and a carpet for an elderly gentlemen there. There where plenty of photos of when he was in the forces. Are these what these almshouses are for? Maybe when people leave the forces or retired gentlemen from the forces? I noticed when I was there that the window frames were in a bad state of repair, they are worse now. Who looks after the upkeep of these houses?
Perhaps someone can give me more info?
I’ve listed what little information about these alms-houses I could find from the internet below:
- Scott’s almshouses on Middleton Road are Listed Buildings. John Scott of Hunslet Road left £10,000 for the erection of 10 alms houses.
- They are built in a quadrangle with a marble bust of the donor in the centre.
- They were designed by architect John E.Leak and completed in 1898.
- This is a small square of houses near the cemetery on the east side of Middleton Road, Hunslet, Leeds.
- A large plaque on the gable end of the north group states “Erected and endowed by John Scott Esq. A.D. 1896” and a similar plaque on the south gable “Trustees Samuel Scott Stanley, Joseph Gale, George Mellen, Revd Canon Thompson, Robert E Emsley. John E Leak Architect”.
- Leeds City Council’s “Listed Building Gazeteer”, shows that they are Grade 2 listed buildings. The bust in the centre is of John Scott and is also Grade 2 listed.
This article was written by Kenneth Ingram using our Community Reporters website