Information for record number MWA1931:
Oken's and Gifflet's Almshouses, Warwick

Summary Oken's and Gifflet's Almshouses, built in the Post Medieval period to provide housing for the poor. There have been some alterations to the buildings which are situated in Castle Hill, Warwick.
What Is It?  
Type: Almshouse
Period: Post-medieval (1540 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Warwick
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 28 64
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Listed Building (Grade: II)
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 This group of buildings consists of Nos 1-2, 3-6, 7-10 Castle Hill, two storey almshouses dated 1696. Nos 1-5 are of 17th century brick with a continuous stone hood at the first floor level. stone window dressings have been replaced by 19th century casements. The plinth has been rebuilt with blue brick. Nos 7-10 have an inscription stating that they were rebuilt after the 1694 fire. The brickwork appears to be 18th century, and most of the roof on this side has been renewed with machined tiles.
2 This traces the history of the almshouses at Castle Hill from their separate foundations by Oken and Eyffler in the 16th century, through the destruction in the Great Fire and subsequent replacement of some of the Oken's almshouses, to the merging of the two charities in 1956.
3 The divergence in spelling needs to be resolved. Historic England describes it as "Oaken's and Iffelens almshouses", whereas MWA1931 has it as "Oken's and Gifflet's almshouses", and
2 has it as Oken's and Eyffler's almshouses".

Source No: 1
Source Type: Descriptive Text
Title: LBL
Author/originator: DoE
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: History of the Charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler
Date: 2016
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Pers. Comm. Gill Stewart
Author/originator: Stewart G
Date: 2014 onwards
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designation Listed Building Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a statutory list. These buildings are protected by planning and conservation acts that ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them.

Depending on how important the buildings are they are classed as Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II. Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest. Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Those listed as Grade II are those buildings that are regarded of special interest.
source LBL Listed Building List. Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a list. Buildings placed on the list are protected through various planning and conservation acts which ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them. The Listed Buildings List is compiled and maintained by English Heritage. It includes details of where the building is, when it was built, a description of its appearance, and any other special features. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument FLOOR * A layer of stone, brick or boards, etc, on which people tread. Use broader site type where known. back
monument ALMSHOUSE * A house devoted to the shelter of the poor and endowed by a benefactor for this use. back
monument CASTLE * A fortress and dwelling, usually medieval in origin, and often consisting of a keep, curtain wall and towers etc. back

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