Who we are

The charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler was set up in accordance with the wills of its patrons. The charity owns and adminsters almshouses on behalf of Warwick residents who are in need.

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Plaque at Oken’s House, Warwick

Thomas Oken was a wealthy mercer who lived in Warwick in the 16th Century. In his will he left a considerable fortune which amongst other things stipulated that three of the properties he owned should be converted into almshouses to help townspeople in need.

Close up of memorial to Thomas Oken and a portrait of Nicholas Eyffler

Nicholas Eyffler was a German immigrant who made his fortune as a glazier in the 16th Century. In his will he instructed that two timber framed barns on the Back Hills, now known as Castle Hill, should be converted into almshouses.

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The trustees of the Charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler

In 1988 the Charities of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler were amalgamated and today’s trustees continue to look after the almshouses and to administer the funds in accordance with the benefactors wishes for the benefit of those in need in Warwick.

Trustees

Clive Mason (Chairman)

Cllr Stephen Cross – Ex Officio (Mayor of Warwick)

Thelma Atkins

Cllr Lyn Bolton

Terry Brown

Cllr Moira-Anne Grainger

Don Hanson

Stuart Hatton

Jane Marshall

Dr Ann Thurley

Anita White

Clerk to the Trustees

Christopher Houghton

Administration

Hilary Mayman