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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

Coronavirus Pandemic

Along with the rest of the world, the focus this month is on saving the lives of our most vulnerable. 

Richard Watts Charities' residents are all over 65 and 55 of them are over 70 years old.  They are self-isolating in their homes with the wardens overseeing their safety together with cleaners and those home help staff who are able to be redeployed, helping with laundry and shopping.   Home Helps are also maintaining contact with their clients in an attempt to keep their spirits up. Other staff are working from home as much as possible though some key processes can only be carried out from the office.  Out Pensioners continue to receive their monthly pensions from the Charities.  The Six Poor Travellers' House will not be opening at Easter this year and remains to be seen whether it will open at all this year.  Trustees' meetings are continuing but in a virtual form using emails and feedback forms to deal with the matters of Governance.