The King Edward VI Almshouse Charity offers homes for local people of modest means and on a low income.

The Charity manages a total of 48 unfurnished dwellings in Abbey Lane, Prime’s Close and Freshwell Street, Saffron Walden. Applicants must be on a low income, with limited savings, and resident in the former borough of Saffron Walden or its immediately adjacent villages, or have clearly demonstrable very strong connections with Saffron Walden.

Unlike many almshouses we do not have a lower age limit. We consider all ages and, currently, our residents range in age from 30s to 80s, the average age being 47. We also consider small families for our two-bedroom units, and currently have three children among our residents.

We do not maintain a waiting list as such but suitable applicants who are unsuccessful will be contacted when further vacancies arise. Vacancies are advertised in the Walden Local, on this website and on our social media streams (see links below). If you would like to be notified when a vacancy is coming up please sign up here.

Downloadable Application Information and Procedure leaflet here

“There is a lovely feel to living here. It is close to the town and the people are all friendly.”

Almshouse resident

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