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Six Poor Travellers House

by his Will, dated 22 August 1579,
founded this Charity
for Six poor Travellers,
who not being ROGUES, or PROCTORS,
May receive gratis for one Night,
Lodging, Entertainment,
and Fourpence each.

Inscription on charity entrance

Six Poor Travellers House is a 16th-century charity house in Rochester, Medway, founded by the local MP Richard Watts to provide free lodgings for poor travellers. Watts left money in his will for the benefit of six poor travellers, each of whom, according to a plaque on the outside of the building, would be given lodging and "entertainment" for one night before being sent on his way with fourpence.

The house was the inspiration for Charles Dickens' short story "The Seven Poor Travellers" (with Dickens himself, as narrator, being the seventh traveller).[1] Watts' benevolence and the Dickens story are remembered during Rochester's fancy dress Dickensian Christmas Festival, when a turkey is cooked and ceremonially distributed to "the poor" at the house.

The house features restored small Elizabethan period bedrooms, along with a herb garden in the rear, and is open to the public from March through October.[2]

See also

  • History of Rochester, Medway


External links

  • Six Poor Travellers House – Visiting information from Medway Council

Coordinates: 51°23′19″N 0°30′17″E / 51.3887°N 0.5047°E / 51.3887; 0.5047

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