On my journey home from Gloucester today the traffic on the M4 was almost stationary so I took an alternative route via to try and keep moving. As I drove through the village of Froxfield, just west of Hungerford, I noticed these rather handsome almshouses standing alongside the road and just had to stop to take a look. This complex is called the Duchess of Somerset’s Hospital
and it was built in 1686 to house widows from Wiltshire, Somerset and Berkshire. It’s an enchanting place and is still being used according to its founder’s wishes to this day. I’m rather grateful to the folks I saw queuing on the M4 – without them I’d never have discovered this place!