Sir William Turner’s Almshouses

Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Time: 11:00 - 15:30
Location: Sir William Turner’s Almshouses

Kirkleatham is the birthplace of Sir William Turner who was Lord Mayor of London in 1669. He gave most of his fortune to found the Sir William Turner’s Hospital, designed by James Gibbs, in June 1676. Today, it is an independent almshouse. Turner bequeathed a substantial amount of money to his great nephew, Cholmley Turner, a member of parliament for Yorkshire, 1727–1741, to establish a Free School, built in 1709, that is now Kirkleatham Museum.

Cholmley Turner added other Grade I listed buildings, the most notable being the Turner Mausoleum, in memory of his son, adjoining the Church of St Cuthbert. It is a Grade I listed building on Kirkleatham Lane. Built in 1739–40, and available for visiting during the Festival, it is also by James Gibbs.

The Almshouses may be visited by small groups at the following times during the Festival accompanied by guides – Book tickets at Information desk Museum

Saturday 17th September

  • 11.00am – 11.30am
  • 1.00pm – 1.30pm
  • 2.00pm – 2.30pm
  • 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Sunday 18th September

  • 1.00pm – 1.30pm
  • 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Donations would be very welcome

Alms house gardens open from 10.00am – 5.00pm

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