Something of our history
Today’s Walcot Foundation is made up of four charities – two bearing the name Walcot, another Hayle’s and another Mosley (1).
The Walcot Charity and Foundation
Edmund Walcot is our principal benefactor. By his Will of 1667 he left land in North Lambeth to generate money for the relief of the local poor. The charity rightly bears his name as a record of his generosity, and has existed for three hundred and fifty years for the benefit of Lambeth people.
The Hayle’s Charity
The Hayle's Charity gained its name rather by accident. A parcel of land was purchased by the parish of St Mary Lambeth for the sum of £300, and the income from it used for the poor of the parish. That had been made possible using surplus monies raised by public subscription at the time of the Restoration for making improvements to the churchyard and Church Street (now Lambeth Road). The land was bought from Robert Hayle, a citizen and haberdasher of London, and Ann his wife. They sold it at the (then) current market value, and by historical accident have had their names remembered by posterity.
Cynthia Mosley Charity
In 2009 the Foundation agreed to a request from Lambeth Council to become the trustee of a 20th century charity set up in memory of Cynthia Mosley. Winston Churchill was a trustee (see image, right).
Administration of the charities
Throughout most of their history and up until the mid 20th century our charities were administered by the parish of St Mary's Lambeth. Nowadays they are administered by an independent board of trustees known as Governors and a small staff based at the Foundation's offices in Kennington Road, London.
(1) Over the centuries a number of smaller charities have been subsumed in our remaining charities. They include those of Roger Jeston 1622; Noel Caron 1623; Alice Easton 1640; William Hind 1655; Margaret Oakley 1672; Thomas Rich 1672; John Scaldwell 1678; Thomas Cooper 1695; Jacob Vanderlin 1704; Ralph Snow 1707; Brian Turberville 1718; Countess of Gower 1721; Hayes Fortee's 1783; Jane Wakeling 1786; John Course 1786; Richard Robert 1807; Mary Oakley 1812; Elizabeth Lambert 1814; John Pickton 1821; Grace Fenner 1828; Mary Chapman 1831; Eleanor Dodson 1847; Elizabeth Edridge 1848; Robert Frost 1860; Harry Clapham 1948
Detail from the Walcot Millennium Drawing (2013) showing the church of St Mary at Lambeth and Lambeth Palace circa 1660. Artist Philip Smithies
Above: Letter to Winston Churchill seeking his agreement to serve as a trustee of the newly established Cynthia Mosley charity in 1934. "Say yes" is his answer. (Cynthia Mosley 1898-1933)