Foster's Almshouses, Bristol

Foster's Almshouse (grid reference ST586732) is an historic building on Colston Street, Bristol, England. The almshouse was originally founded by bequest from 15th century merchant John Foster in 1482.

The west wing of the current building was built in 1861, the north wing in 1872, and the south and east wings in 1880-83 by Foster and Wood. The Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne, which was built as a for the use of those living in the Almshouse, was restored at the same time.

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.

In 2007 Bristol Charities, which runs the almshouse, sold the existing buildings to a developer to develop into private accommodation. This decision was taken because the existing buildings were judged to be unfit for the purpose of housing the old and often infirm occupants who lived there.The proceeds of the sale have been used to establish a new purpose-built 'John Foster's Almshouse' in North Bristol.


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