Proud Parmiter’s Pensioners
In his will of 28th February 1682, Silk Weaver Thomas Parmiter bequeathed funds for ‘six almshouses in some convenient place upon the waste of Bethnal Green and further for the building of one free school houses or room, wherein ten poor children of the hamlet of Bethnal Green may be taught to read or write.’
Three centuries later, Thomas is remembered as the benefactor of Parmiter’s School and Parmiter’s Almshouses at Clacton, while around a hundred senior East Enders receive Parmiter’s Pensions of £150 annually plus two dinners and a beano.
Contributing Photographer Sarah Ainslie & I joined the festivities at their Easter dinner and took these portraits of a dozen proud Parmiter’s Pensioners from Bethnal Green.
Photographs copyright © Sarah Ainslie
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