Along with many of the ancient Livery Companies, The Salters’ Company has maintained almshouses for over 600 years and continues to provide accommodation to people in need to this day. The Salters’ Company owns two beautiful almshouses, in Maidenhead and Watford, offering secure and affordable housing, along with a sense of community and care.


The James Smith’s almshouse in Maidenhead was established in 1661 to house “eight poor ancient men and their wives, inhabitants of Maidenhead or Cookham, each of them to be 50 years at least”. Today, the James Smith’s almshouse remains in its original Grade ll* listed building, the oldest in Maidenhead, and eight residents are housed, still according to age and need.


Salters’ Gardens in Watford was built in 1863, having moved from its original site in the City of London, and is currently leased to Home Group housing association. The Salters’ Company retains nomination rights over 12 of the dwellings, and these residents are considered part of the Salters’ family.


Both almshouses are suitable for older people of limited means, capable of independent living and with connections to the local area. Application enquiries can be directed to Katherine Walker, at

All the flats are currently occupied.  If a vacancy becomes available, we will highlight this on the website.