Almshouses

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This is a backup of the West Yorkshire Archive Service's "Off the Record" wiki from 2015. The live went offline in 2016 and remains unavailable.

The following source list was originally available only on paper in one of the West Yorkshire Archive Service offices. It may have been compiled many years ago and could be out of date. It was designed to act as a signpost to records of interest on a particular historical subject, but may relate only to one West Yorkshire district, or be an incomplete list of sources available. Please feel free to add or update with any additional information.


Almshouses were charitable institutions set up to provide support and living accomodation for the elderly and infirm who were unable to live independently. They also provided assistance to the poor in a community.

Please note some records in the following collections may be subject to access conditions. Researchers wishing to view these documents are advised to contact the relevant office in advance of your visit.


Description Dates Reference Repository
Barnsley parish, report of Commission enquiry [on Almshouses?] 1616, and agreement between church wardens and overseers with Matthew Wentworth 1618 1616-1618 WDP121 WYAS: Wakefield
Halifax parish, papers re Almshouses - WDP53 WYAS: Wakefield
Hemsworth, Archbishop Holgate's Hospital 19thC-20thC C345 WYAS: Wakefield
Hoylandswaine parish, papers regarding Senior's Almshouse c1907-c1980 WDP224 WYAS: Wakefield
Pontefract Borough, Pontefract Almshouses Charities, includes some lists of inmates of Almshouses and monies paid 1930-1944 WMT/PO/13/28 WYAS: Wakefield
Pontefract Borough, Pontefract Pasture and Almshouses nd WMT/PO/13/72 WYAS: Wakefield
Wakefield Charities accounts, includes some records of Wakefield Almshouses (with some names of occupants etc) 1734-1801 C493/E WYAS: Wakefield
Wakefield Charities administration, includes some lists of occupants, payments etc 1823-c1977 C493/F/67-78 WYAS: Wakefield