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Social Housing

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Cordwainers Court, Hackney

Social Housing


The Cordwainers own almshouses in Shorne in Kent, which are occupied by members of the local community who are in need.

Hayes Terrace 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.

Cordwainers Court student hall of residence.

Cordwainers Court

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.