Mendip passes Magdalene almshouses to church
The 13th-century St Margaret’s almshouses off Magdalene Street are to be given to Bath and Wells diocese by Mendip Housing, which nearby has emptied the hostel-type Magdalene Close flats — built in the former almshouse gardens by the old borough council in the 1960s — for redevelopment.
The Quest Community Trust leased the almshouses from Mendip from 1993 until dissolving last year.
An offshoot group, Friends of St Margaret’s, still keeps the adjoining chapel open day-to-day, under the auspices of St Benedict’s Church, which has responsibility for the ancient chapel simply because it lies within the parish boundary, but has no resources to maintain it.
Mendip did restoration work on the old almshouses in 1993 before the lease to Quest. A new project to use them is being planned.