Slee's Almshouses were founded in 1610 by George Slee a wealthy Tiverton wool merchant. The almshouses were erected posthumously in 1613 in accordance to Slee's will. The building is still occupied today with four one bedroom flats.
Next to the Slee's Almshouses, is the Great House of St George, which is also a listed building. The ornate chest tomb of George Slee can be visited in Tiverton's St Peter's Church, a testament to the philantropic deeds of Slee and his contribution to the development of the town. Slee manufactured and exported Tiverton kerseys, a course wollen cloth, which was transported via the River Exe to the port of Exeter.
The plaque on the exterior of the building reads:
TIVERTON ALMSHOUSE CHARITY SLEES ALMSHOUSES 1613AD
George Slee of the Great House, Tiverton, Manufacturer and Exporter of Tiverton kersies, financed the erection of these Almshouses as home for six poor widows or maidens of the Town in the year 1613.
They were fully modernised in 1983 and now comprise four flats named after four recent trustees, Mrs. Barrington, Miss Molland, Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Strong.
To the right of the text is the Staple Mark of George Slee Merchant.
Address: Great House of St George, St Peter Street, Tiverton, Devon
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