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Welcome to Richard Watts Charities

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Abbey Court School - Sensory Pool Update

Trustees were pleased to award a £10,000 grant to Abbey Court School to part fund the updating and  re-design of their hydrotherapy pool over the summer holidays.

Hydro swim at the school is one of the pupils’ favourite activities. Some pupils learn how to swim and gain confidence in the pool but for other pupils it is their moment to feel a freedom of movement that is not always possible on land.

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.


Richard Watts Charities’ 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