About us

The C J Gallard's Almshouses Charitable Trust (Registered Charity number: 209787) was established in 1906 in accordance with a bequest of the late Mr Charles J Gallard, a Tunbridge Wells businessman and Chairman of Southborough Council.

Mr Gallard's wish was for the provision of 20 flats for the purpose of housing elderly and needy persons from the Southborough area. Construction of the flats commenced in 1911 and they were first occupied by beneficiary residents on 23 October 1912.

For more information regarding the history of Charles Gallard and our almshouses, please download our timeline on our policies & documents page.

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A photograph of the front facing flats, with a shared access walkway.

The area of benefice was expanded in August 2006 to include the town and parishes covered by the Borough of Tunbridge Wells, but with preference being given to applicants from Southborough and High Brooms.

The Trust is a non-profit making charity, controlled by the Charity Commission.  The Charity's Trustees, who give their services voluntarily, are responsible for administering the Charity and the appointment of beneficiary residents when vacancies occur. 

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A photograph of a section of the gardens within the grounds.

A Clerk to the Trustees and an Almshouses' Manager carry out day to day administration and management of the Almshouses' flats and gardens.  The Almshouses' Manager lives on site and watches over the health and welfare of beneficiary residents without unduly interfering in their lives or intruding on their privacy.

The gardens are maintained by the trust and are for the enjoyment of all residents and their respective visitors.

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