Thorner's Homes formerly stood near Prospect Place in Above Bar, approximately on the site of the later ABC cinema (now a public house). They were built in 1789 as almshouses for 'deserving widows' with money from a trust set up by Robert Thorner, an Independent nonconformist from the village of Baddesley who died in 1690. They were demolished in the 1930s to make way for the Civic Centre. Replacement homes were built (by George Brinton) on the site of Clifton House in Regent’s Park Road in Shirley and in Henstead Road in the Polygon.

Thorner's Charity Homes, Above Bar Street

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Photograph of the interior courtyard, 1900.


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