Sawyer's Almshouses

The Sawyer family were Lords of the manor, for 150 years until 1723, when the family fortune was lost in the South Sea Bubble Crash. Edmund Sawyer, who died in 1687, was a prosperous traveller and merchant who settled in Aleppo, Syria, and remembered Kettering when he made his will on board ship, the Asia, which he part-owned, at Santander. He left £600 to his sister Joyce Sawyer to be used to benefit the town, and the charming Almshouses, distinguished by the fine coat of arms in Weldon stone, were built with the money.

The buildings are unique in Kettering, and well worth a visit. The almshouses were built in 1688, originally being 6 dwellings. Constructed of coursed rubble, with a steeply pitched thatch roof and stone coped side elevations, formerly 2 storeys and attics with 6 dormers plus 4 stone chimneystacks with moulded bands. Now stone slated roof.

Sawyer’s Almshouses are a Grade II* listed building.

Researched by Ian Luck

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