Our benefactors

Thomas Cure

Thomas Cure was master of the saddle horses to Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I. He also served as the MP for the borough of Southwark in 1563, 1571 and 1586. In 1588, Thomas Cure bequeathed properties in Park Street, which became St Saviour’s College or Hospital for the Poor. The College remained in Park Street for almost 300 years until the building of the Charing Cross railway in 1863 forced the relocation of the almshouses to Hamilton Road, West Norwood. An article from July 1952 shows almshouse residents receiving a visit from the Queen Mother.

Thomas Cure Tomb

Charles Hopton

Charles Hopton, a member of the Fishmongers Company, bequeathed funds in 1730 to establish almshouses on Hopton Street for ‘poor decayed men’ of St Saviour’s Parish. The picturesque almshouses were completed in 1752; and were acquired by United St Saviour’s Charity in 2011 who removed the ‘no women’ rule with the support of residents and the Charity Commission.


Robert Buckland

Robert Buckland, a glover of the parish of St Saviour’s, bequeathed properties in Dartford, in 1642. The rents received were used to clothe poor residents of the Borough.

Hannah Maria Benson

Hannah Benson bequeathed funds in 1883 to widows living in poverty in St Saviour’s parish.


Additional research by Margot Lindsay