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“not that much to see but a great story”

Six Poor Travellers House
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“not that much to see but a great story”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

it just shows you they way they lived but this great little piece of well preserved history was certainly an eye opener

Visited July 2013
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Rochester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A hidden surprise”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

We stumbled across this house whilst doing a "treasure hunt" down Rochester High Street. It was wonderful to be able to take a look around and the kids really enjoyed it. A nice educational visit and a lovely herb garden at the back of the house.

Visited September 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A liitle bit of social history”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

This house on the high street provided accomodation for homeless people until about 50 years ago!. Until relatively recently ordinary people could not even travel around the UK without a passport so these were mostly local , mainly working men who had fallen upon hard times , rather than tramps. The house is featured in a Dickens short story and is well worth a visit. Allow about 30 minutes.

Visited September 2013
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london
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“interesting High st.”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

This little house is very interesting tells you the story of the six poor travellers.Rooms to see where they stayed and a very pretty garden.

Visited June 2013
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Lenham UK
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A Lesson in Philanthropy”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Richard Watts died in 1579 without children and left his vast fortune to help the poor. The Six Poor Travellers House is one of the establishments that benefited from his bequest. It is interesting to see how basic the facilities were but this was often the only helping hand that separated life from death. The rooms have been well restored and the garden is delightful which gives some light relief to the very grim reality of what the original facility must have been like.
We visited during the heritage weekend when the Board Room of Watts Charities was also open to this public. Here on display were some of the original documents associated with the setting up and running of the charity which were all very interesting and accompanied by a guided tour of the alms houses. The building itself is well worth a visit, no expense was spared and the brickwork in the Board Room is the finest I have ever seen.

Visited September 2013
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