Our name has changed from Chester Municipal Charities to The Chester Bluecoat Charity.

The Chester Bluecoat Charity provides comfortable and secure almshouse accommodation in the city centre for local people in need.

Situated in Bluecoat Square, off Upper Northgate Street, our small estate of 16 one bedroom homes is set around a courtyard at the back of The Bluecoat.

History of our
Almshouses

Our almshouses have been providing homes for people of limited means since the 18th century.

The properties still in use today date from 1854, when they replaced earlier accommodation.

Since then, the homes have been improved and modernised, but their purpose remains the same: to provide housing for people in need, hardship or distress, and resident in or with a strong connection to Chester.

How to apply

To apply for our almshouse accommodation, you will ideally be aged 60-plus, and you must have strong Chester connections, limited financial means and be capable of living independently.

Keep an eye on our website for vacancies or call us on 01244 345787 to find out more about applying or to join our waiting list.