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Watts's Almshouse
From - The New and Complete British Traveller 1784
p 020 Rochester
Although not a large city, yet is extremely populous, owing to its
situation on the road to Dover, and its affinity with Chatham.
There is an almshouse, where six poor travellers are allowed to
lodge, and in the morning they receive four-pence. This place is
greatly improved, and many of the poor inhabitants, who have no
visible livleihood, are set to work in it, and during thesummer
it is generally full of lodgers. It was founded by one Richard
Watts, whose will expresses, that no person afflicted with any
contagious distemper shall be admitted into it, nor any rogues,
vagabonds, or proctors.
We believe it but seldom that proctors come to alms-houses, the
follies and vices of mankind for the most part procuring them a
considerable fortune; but Mr Watts had good reasons for excluding
any of that fraternity from his charity; for having employed one
of them to make his will, whilst he lay sick, the villain devised
the whole to himself, but his roguery was discovered and detected
by the recovery of the patient.

Posted 2002-2003
Rochester, Kent


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