Nestled in a small site on Hopton Street, just behind Tate Modern, these twenty historic almhouses were funded by philanthropist Charles Hopton in the mid-eighteenth century and were intended for the ‘poor decayed men’ of Southwark. They were built by Thomas Ellis and William Cooley to the designs of Mr Batterson, the trustee of Charles Hopton's will. Arranged around a well-kept garden with trees, lawn and flowers, they are now dwarfed by Neo Bankside and the Tate Modern extension and appear as an architectural anomaly in the high-rise Bankside of the twenty-first century. Yet the cottages have been continuously occupied since they were built. The one-bedroomed units are available for Southwark residents, male or female and over the age of 60 and 23 residents currently live there.  The Hopton’s Almshouses are now owned and managed by the Southwark-based charity, United St Saviour’s. The charity also owns a number commercial properties around the Borough Market area and invests over £850,000 per year for projects that improve lives and build community in north Southwark.

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