The Alms Houses

In 1611 Edward Goffe of Threxton built 4 Alms Houses in the town. He died the following year and was buried at Saham Toney and the following clause concerning these Alms Houses was in his will, "I will that four of the poorest aged couples dwelling in Watton, shall have their dwelling in the alms-houses during the term of their natural life, and also an annuity of £ 5 per annum".

These houses were rebuilt in 1820 by Robert Harvey and housed many of the less fortunate townsfolk before they were demolished in 1958 and the site purchased by the Methodist Chapel for a car park.

Another of the town's benefactors was Edward Stevens who also built four Alms Houses in 1833 and in 1840 conveyed them to trustees for "The benefit of four poor married couples of the age of 60 years who have resided in the parish for not less than thirty years". These houses were completely modernised in 1975 at a cost of £ 15,000. They now have a modern sitting room, bedroom and a separate bath room and are heated by electric night storage heaters. They are situated just west of Vincent Place.

The Stevens Alms House built in 1833

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