Richard Watts Charities thrive today due to the generosity and vision of Richard Watts (1513-1579). The Charities provide assistance in times of need and enable people to live as independently as possible.


Our current aims are to:

  • Provide almshouse accommodation

  • Provide grants to people, schools and organisations

  • Provide home help services


We are only allowed to provide assistance to people living, or schools and organisations based within, the ME1 and ME2 postcode areas.


Following the death of Richard Watts in 1579, Richard Watts Charity was established and has been working with the people of Rochester for over 400 years. Five other local charities are now incorporated under the full title of Richard Watts and the City of Rochester Almshouse Charities.


For those interested in the work the Charities do now, the Almshouse, Grants and Services and News Page will provide you with the information you need.


For those of you intrigued by historic aspects of the Charities, the History Pages will provide background into how the Charity, as it was then, came to be and a feel for the times in which it was formed.


I hope you will find the website useful and informative.


Mrs Alex Clarabut


Welcome to Richard Watts Charities

Our Latest News

Richard Watts Day

We have adopted the third Sunday in September as Richard Watts Day and each year, we will commemorate our founder on that day.  This year we provided each resident with a take-away cream tea plus a hand-made face mask.  Trustee, Liz Janz came in to help distribute the goodie bags.

Hockey Club Award

Trustees agreed an award of £1,000 to Old Williamsonian Hockey Club to provide funds for their hardship fund and/or their under 16’s training which is currently provided free to members. 

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