Welcome to Dorchester Almshouses

Almshouses trace their history back to monastic times when the terms bedehouse, hospital, almshouse and others described the provision of accommodation for those in need.  

The 17th century saw the creation of three almshouse charities in Dorchester – Whetstones, Napper’s Mite and Chubbs.  These merged and later became known as Dorchester Municipal Charities.  During the 21st century, the charity changed its name to Dorchester Almshouses on becoming a charitable incorporated organisation.

Our premises are situated in West Walks, a quiet location in the centre of Dorchester, adjacent to the Victorian Borough Gardens and park, within level walking distance of the town. All flats have one bedroom. Some have level access or stair lifts.

Whetstones includes our oldest building. There are 18 flats with a community room for all our residents to use. Our resident warden lives at Whetstones and the office is found here. The gardens were improved in 2015 with donations & grants from local individuals and businesses.

Please see the side menu for further information and to register your interest. 


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