Eastwick. Gilston Estate

Colin Wilson

The former Gilston estate almshouse. Aug 2016
Colin Wilson
One of the ornate chimneys on the former Eastwick almshouse. Aug 2016
Colin Wilson
OS 25" map Hertfordshire XXXV.15 1921 showing the Eastwick almshouses
Courtesy of Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

Historic England’s citation is that this was a block of five almshouses designed to look like a medieval hall house. They are now three dwellings.

They were erected in the later part of the 19th century, probably in about 1890, for the nearby Gilston Estate. A newspaper obituary for Mr A Dawkins, of Harlow who did a lot of work for the Gilston family. He built the almshouses on the site of the Pyrgo Arms (residents are recorded in the 1890-1 period).   Presumably they were for retired workers but this has not been verified. 

The buildings were listed by Historic England in 1984.

Although erected in Victorian times, they are not mentioned in Vyse’s book on Victorian almshouses.


Georef: 543478 211787
Grid ref: 51 47′ 11″N   0 04′ 44″E
OS 25″ map Hertfordshire XXXV.15 pub 1921


An Historical Atlas of Hertfordshire ed David Short
Page 151
Hertfordshire Publications 2011
ISBN 978-9-9542189-6-6

Historic England ref 1348042


Herts and Essex Observer, 14 January 1939, page 5 col 2. Dawkins obituary

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