Ware. Mill Lane

Colin Wilson

OS 25" map Hertfordshire XXIX.8 1923 showing the Ware almshouses
Courtesy of Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

In 1407 the Ware feoffes acquired a house and garden in Mill Lane. There is a 1612 reference to a cottage in Mill Lane for a widow having been provided by some unknown donor. This may or may not be the same, or maybe it refers to just one of the cottages.  By the 1630s there were 2 almshouses and the properties were under a single trust, including those in Crib Street. There was an associated garden.

Victoria County History cites an indenture stating that in 1612 that an unknown donor gave two almshouses in Mill Lane. By the publication date (1912) it consisted of eight almshouses in Mill Lane with garden ground in the rear let for £2 15s a year. As Victoria County History refers to the Roberts almshouses separately it does not appear that the two establishments have been conflated, so there is no information as to how these developed.

Readers are referred to the article about Ware Crib Street.


Mill Lane (now Priory Road), Ware
OS 25″ map Hertfordshire XXIX.8 1923


Hertfordshire – a Caring County? Ed Stephen King and Gillian Gear,
Pub Hertfordshire University Press 2013 ISBN 978-1-909291-12-6
Note: this book is a collection of articles

The Victoria County History of the County of Hertford. Ed William Page
Vol 3 Page 396
Issued Archibald Constable & Co. 1912. Reprint by Dawsons of Pall Mall 1971  ISBN 0 7129 0477 8
This publication is available online at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/herts/vol3/pp380-397

600 Years of Charity, by David Perman
Page 26
Pub Rockingham Press for Ware Museum 1991ISBN 0 9517045 6

A New History of Ware; its People and Buildings, by Donald Perman
Pub Rockingham Press 2010 ISBN 978-1-904851-36-3

Documents held at HALS

DE/We/4/37- 40, 139 Mill Lane

DE/Ha/B593  15 Jun 1872 Receipts for money paid by Robert Thorowgood and Stephen Blinkcoe. Receipted bills for work done at Colliers End, at the Almshouses in Mill Lane and at the White Hart.


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