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Town celebrates 170 years since almshouse opening

PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 June 2018

The anniversary celebrartions. Photo: Jane Vass.

The anniversary celebrartions. Photo: Jane Vass.

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An important part of Bungay’s rich history was honoured through a special event.

The plaque on the homes. Photo: Jane Vass.The plaque on the homes. Photo: Jane Vass.

Last week the 170th anniversary of the opening of a group of Bungay almshouses was celebrated with a garden party at the homes.

The five picturesque flint-faced Eliza Dreyer Homes in Staithe Road date back to 1848, and residents, their families and trustees past and present got together to celebrate the anniversary.

They were joined by Bungay mayor Mick Lincoln, and the deputy Town Reeve, Mary Sprake.

They were all welcomed by the chairman of the trustees, the Rev Ian Byrne,and everyone raised a glass to the continued good future of the homes and residents.

The cottages were endowed by Eliza Dreyer, the daughter of Bungay novelist Eliza Bonhote, in 1848. She was the wife of Richard Dreyer, curate at St Mary’s Church, Bungay, and used some of the wealth left her to build the homes for poor widows of Bungay tradesman.

Quaint and single-storeyed, and with Tudor style chimneys, they often attract the attention of tourists.

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