The Penrose Monkey - UK

Simon Groves

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See photos of the Penrose Alms House here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/11763518@N00/37396...

Barnstaple is fairly rich in almshouses as might be expected in a town of former commercial importance. Most notable are the Penrose Almshouses (1627) in Litchdon Street, a group of twenty dwellings around a charming courtyard, with a granite-columned cloister (somewhat similar to that at Moreton Hampstead) along the street frontage. Horwood’s Almshouses (c. 1650-60) in Church Lane, founded by Thomas Horwood, merchant, stand beside the maids’ school founded by his wife Alice Horwood in 1659, making a good group. Paige’s Almshouses were founded in 1656. These almshouses, the monuments in the church, and the richly decorated plaster ceilings to be seen in various buildings in the town, leave us in no doubt that the 17th century saw Barnstaple’s greatest and most prosperous days.

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