What are they trying to achieve?
The Jesus Hospital Charity have recently found a unique solution to giving the mature ladies in their care a boost. The charity, founded in 1679, has a rich history of change and development. Originally established, by local benefactors James and Mary Ravenscroft, to ensure the support and maintenance of six lady residents who were residing in Ravenscroft Cottages in Wood Street, Barnet. The project now includes 56 cottages spread over 5 main sites in Barnet.
When the charity began in the seventeenth century the condition of entry was simple. Only available to, 'ladies of holy report and innocent conversation'.
They would not be admitted if they were 'suspected of Sorcery or Witchcraft or Charming. Or if Common Drunkard, Common Scold or Backbiter. Nor idiot or lunatic or infected with any foul or loathsome disease!'
While some of the buildings date back to the seventeenth century the entry requirements do not.
The service now provides accommodation to any local, elderly women who are homeless and in financial difficulty. With one condition: they must contribute towards the cost of energy