Seckford Care, formerly Seckford Almshouses, has a long tradition of providing accommodation, care and support to older people since the 16th Century.
In 1587, Queen Elizabeth I granted Thomas Seckford permission to build almshouses in Woodbridge to ‘relieve need and distress’ amongst older people. The first Seckford Almshouse consisted of rooms of ‘brick and stone’ to house thirteen local men.
In 1834, the Seckford Hospital was built – although it was always an almshouse and never a hospital. Today, it comprises two residential wings, a Chapel and a red-brick cloister.
In 1977, the residential home, Jubilee House, was added and, in 2005, the Seckford Almshouse was beautifully converted into 30 self-contained apartments.
In 2016, a further six bedrooms were created in Jubilee House, bringing the total number of rooms to 25.
In 2019, the title ‘Seckford Care’ was introduced, to encompass the full range of services that we provide.
Some of the artefacts found during the refurbishment: historical books and archive documents.