Essendon. Eventide Homes
12 May 1937 was the coronation day for George VI. The Eventide almshouses at Essendon were erected in commemoration by Sir Frederick Lewis, Baron Essendon (1870 – 1944). The title was created for him in 1932 but became extinct on the death of his son. As chairman of Furness Withy he was a shipping magnate and had links to the insurance industry. The land was given by Sir Francis Fremantle, the MP for St. Albans from 1919 till he died in 1943. He lived at Hatfield. Photos of both men are held at the National Portrait Gallery.
It would be nice to know what link these two gentlemen had with the village of Essendon.
The conveyance and trust deed mentioned by the Charity Commission are dated 30th July 1937. A copy is held at HALS. The date would suggest the almshouses were not opened at the time of the coronation but at a later date. It was not possible to view this document at the time of writing due to the Covid restrictions in force. There is also a scheme dated 17th December 1971.
The objects of the charity are the maintenance of almshouses for the benefit of aged men and women who have been resident in Essendon for not less than five years. The accommodation consists of two semi-detached bungalows.
The almshouses are affiliated to the Almshouse Association and registered with the Charity Commission ref 219968.
School Lane, Essendon AL9 6HE
Georef: 527665 208652
Gridref: 51o 45′ 44″N 0o 09′ 06″W
Copy of conveyance and trust deed for endowment of Eventide Homes, Essendon. Held at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies ref CP35/7/5
National Portrait Gallery
Sir Frederick Lewis https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp52069/frederick-william-lewis-1st-baron-essendon
Sir Francis Fremantle https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person.php?LinkID=mp56406
Grace’s Guide https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Frederick_Lewis