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New almshouse officially opened in Edgware
The new Atkinson’s Almshouse in Edgware was officially opened yesterday.
The event was attended by Cllr Brian Schama, Mayor of Barnet, Hendon MP Matthew Offord, London Assembly member Andrew Dismore, and Bishop Peter Wheatley.
The event began with the mayor cutting a ribbon in front of the new buildings, and there was a talk on the history of the almshouse, a prayer of blessing and the cutting of a cake.
Atkinson’s Almshouse was established by Samuel Atkinson in 1679 but the original buildings were destroyed by bombs during the Second World War.
They were rebuilt as bedsits in 1957 with one bathroom shared between two residents.
In 1967 the six almshouses were altered so that each had its own bathroom and then in 2010 they were demolished to make way for the new development which was opened yesterday.
This includes 13 almsflats and two new almshouses all of which were completed in December 2011 and cost £2.7 million.
The charity aims to provide housing to people in financial hardship and it gives preference to those living in Edgware and Little Stanmore.