Betty Devlin lives in the Whitgift Almshouses on North End next to Allders. The Almshouses are in the centre of Croydon, But many passers-by do not even notice they are there.
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Betty talks about coming to live in the Almshouses:
"So we went and saw the priest and he suggested I came here, he said there was a vacancy, and before I knew it here I was and I've never been happier. I didn't even know it existed. I'd walked past it every day of my life probably and like most people outside just thought it was a church, didn't know that people lived here, like everybody out there thinks the same. When they see you coming in they say 'What is it in there?'"
"I absolutely love it here, all the different people that have passed through here. It's amazing isn't it? If these walls could talk, what stories they could tell."
The Whitgift Almshouses
John Whitgift, the Archbishop of Canterbury, founded the Almshouses in 1596. The accommodation in the Almshouses included two rooms for Whitgift himself. He was a frequent visitor until his death in 1604.
Residents of the Almshouses must be over 60, of modest circumstances and members of the Church of England. Each resident has their own flat, with common use of a chapel, a hall, and a laundry.
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