Lyte's Almshouses and the Allotments
(Kington St Michael United Charities. Registered Charity No. 201283)
In 1672 Isaac Lyte*, a native of Kington St Michael, born in 1612, who became an alderman of the City of London, left £600 for the building of almshouses for six poor unmarried men of the parishes of Kington St Michael and Kington Langley. They were completed in 1675 and are the oldest secular buildings in the parish.
(*Isaac Lyte was the grandfather of John Aubrey).
In the 1960s the almshouses were restored and bathrooms were added and in 2008 an extension was built on each end house, to make them suitable for disabled tenants or couples.
Today the charity has been amalgamated with a number of smaller charities as Kington St Michael United Charities (Registered Charity No. 201283). Whilst the charity's primary concern remains the care and letting of the almshouses (now to men and women), from time to time it provides help for educational purposes for residents of Kington St Michael and Kington Langley (excluding Draycot Cerne). It also administers the allotments, which are situated behind the almshouses, making the almshouses one of the very few in the country which have land attached. There are also three other almhouses in the village which belong to the charity.
The Correspondent to the Trustees is:
Mrs Sue Roe, The Old Police House, 11 Kington St Michael, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6JB. Tel. (01249) 750622, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are six Trustees: the Vicar (or designated person) and a representative from each Parish Council from each of the parishes of Kington St Michael and Kington Langley, and two nominated Trustees.
The allotments are situated to the rear of the almshouses. For information on allotment availability please contact John Foster on (01249) 750371.
Trustees needed! Do you have just two hours to spare every other month? If so, you would be warmly welcomed. For details of what is entailed please contact Mrs Sue Roe, Clerk to the Almshouses Trust, on (01249) 750622.Allotments: Village allotments, of varying plot sizes, can be rented annually by residents of Kington St Michael and Kington Langley, subject to availability. To register an interest in joining this thriving allotment community, please contact John Foster on (01249) 750371.
In 2008 two extensions were built on to each end almshouse.
One of the two new extensions - October 2008
The coat of arms, Isaac Lyte's plaque in St Michael & All Angels Church,
and the allotments