The homes were created in 1887 by the renovation of an earlier charity home founded by the Reverend Herbert Smith in 1839. Andrew Barlow and Richard Dyer Ellyett provided much of the money for the purchase and renovation of the buildings. The homes were let to inmates who were over 55 years of age, and who could support themselves and live respectably on the premises. They are situated on the south side of Church Street in Shirley, near the junction with Salem Street.

Further reading:
‘The Barlow and Ellyet Homes’, Shirley, by G C Curtis in Shirley from Domesday to D-Day, by John Guilmant and Hilary Kavanagh, p55-56 (HS/h.SHI)

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