The Cordwainers own almshouses in Chesham in Buckinghamshire and Shorne in Kent, which are occupied by members of the local communities who are in need.
The Francis Cottages in Chesham are four terraced houses built in 1895 by John Dunkin Francis for the ‘poor and working classes’ of the town on land given by William Lownder. In the 1970s, the Company took on responsibility for the cottages and continues to manage and maintain the properties and support the residents.
Hayes Terrace in Shorne, Kent is a row of five Victorian terraced cottages which were built in 1882 and left to the Company in 1884 as part of ‘Leveridge’s Gift’. Under the bequest they were to house poor widows or unmarried women, who were members of the Church of England and not less than 60 years of age. In 1899, the Company received the additional ‘William Leveridge’s Gift’ for the upkeep of the cottages and the support of the residents. The criteria for the almshouse residents are still followed to the present day and the Company continues to maintain the cottages and support the residents.
The Cordwainers Educational and Training Charitable Trust Company (CET) was established for the provision of accommodation for individuals undergoing vocational and educational training, and for the creation of scholarships, bursaries, prizes, grants and awards.
The charity owns Cordwainers Court, a 103-room student hall of residence in Hackney, which provides affordable accommodation in London and is occupied by students from the University of the Arts, London (UAL). The original Cordwainers Court was completed in 1996 with Gifford House, a new block with an additional 15 rooms, added in 2013.
The CET also provides support in the form of bursaries, scholarships, hardship grants and prizes to students at London College of Fashion (part of UAL) and other educational establishments.