Six Poor Travellers House

 

The Six Poor Travellers House is a charity house in Rochester founded by the Elizabethan MP Richard Watts to provide board and lodgings for six poor travellers.  It continued to do so right up to the Second World War.

The house and charity are immortalised in Dickens’ Christmas short story The Seven Poor Travellers, published in the 1854 Christmas edition of Household Words.

 

RICHARD WATTS, Esq.
by his Will, dated 22 Aug. 1579,
founded this Charity
for Six poor Travellers,
who not being ROGUES, or PROCTORS,
May receive gratis for one Night,
Lodging, Entertainment,
and Fourpence each.

 The Seven Poor Travellers, Chapter 1.

 

The building is no longer used by the charity as an Almshouse and the ground floor has been converted into a local museum.

 

Location.

The building is located at 97 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX.

 

 

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