CHARITIES FOR THE POOR.
for six poor widows was built opposite the
church on Church Street, by Sir Thomas Willys
in 1665. (fn. 28) It had no endowment in 1728, and the
parish kept the building in repair and made an
allowance, which amounted to 3s. a week in
1851, for the almswomen. (fn. 29) In the early 19th
century it was occupied by poor families as well
as by poor widows. (fn. 30) Rebuilt in 1877 by Thomas
Bailey as a group of six houses, (fn. 31) in 1892 it was
endowed with land in Manea fen, producing £14
a year. (fn. 32) From 1945 the rent was augmented by
occasional donations from other charities. (fn. 33)
From 1908 those admitted were required to have
lived in the parish for two years before taking
up residence in the almshouse. (fn. 34) The almshouses were converted into three dwellings in
In 1620 the parish owned a house and land
which yielded £7 2s. 8d. a year intended for the
poor, but the funds were being used for church
repairs. (fn. 35) In 1775 that Town Lands charity had
two pieces of ground, called the town holts, from
which turf was given to the poor. (fn. 36) In 1807 it
comprised 5 a., which in the 1780s had yielded
£5. (fn. 37) In 1825 the rent was being distributed by
parish officers in fuel for the poor, and between
1863 and 1883 the income rose from c. £11 to
£13, three quarters of which was used to buy
fuel for the poor, and the remainder for church
repairs. (fn. 38) The Town Lands estate charity was
subsequently divided into ecclesiastical and parochial branches, (fn. 39) and in 1970 the parochial
branch provided Christmas gifts of £1 to 92 old
people, besides a loan to Willys's almshouses. (fn. 40)
Elizabeth March's school charity was used for
the benefit of students and apprentices from its
foundation in 1722. (fn. 41) Between 1816 and 1867
the Ditton share of the rent from its property
increased from £10 to £38. In the late 20th century funds from the charity helped pay for school
outings made by the pupils of Fen Ditton
The inhabitants of Fen Ditton also have a
shared interest in Quy's Poor charity. (fn. 42)
||31st Rep. Com. Char. 109; Char. Digest Cambs.
1863-4, 20-1; Lysons, Cambs. 174; P.R.O., E 179/244/22.
||B.L. Add. MS. 9412, f. 196; C.U.L., E.D.R., B 8/1,
Gardner's Dir. Cambs. (1851).
||C.U.L., E.D.R., C 1/4; C 1/6.
Cambs. Chron. 1 Dec. 1877, p. 4.
Kelly's Dir. Cambs. (1892-1933); Char. Com. file
||Char. Com. file 226349.
Char. Don. i. 90; 31st Rep. Com. Char. 109.
||C.U.L., E.D.R., C 1/1.
||Ibid. C 1/4; Char. Don. i. 90.
||C.U.L., E.D.R., C 1/6; Char. Digest Cambs. 1863-4,
20-1; Kelly's Dir. Cambs. (1883).
||Char. Com. file 255202.
||Above, educ.; 31st Rep. Com. Char. 109; Char. Don.
||Below, Horningsea, intro.