If you turn around and walk down North Street, you will see a row of houses on the left hand side of the road. High on the wall of this building is a plaque that reads ‘Scott Gould House – Restored 1981’, this building is named after the lady who donated the money and the land on which the houses were built. Not a lot is known about Mrs. Scott Gould. What we do know is that she was a widow from Moredon, North Curry, who worked as a housekeeper in a large house in the area of Somerton. At some point in her life she was left a large amount of money, which she decided to spend on these homes, which were completed in 1866.
These are no normal houses; these are Almshouses. They were founded for females (widows or single women) to live in. They received a quantity of coal and a monthly cash payment. They are one of two sets of Almshouses in the town, but are the only ones built specifically for women.
These buildings are on the junction between New Street, North Street and Broad Street. Click ‘Continue’ to take a walk down New Street.