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An enduring charitable legacy

stone buildings with courtyard garden

Leathersellers’ Close in Barnet provides accommodation for older or retired people in need of housing with a connection to the local area. Tenancy is managed by Harrison Housing.

a stone chapel

Governance and operation

The Leathersellers’ Barnet Charity exists to provide housing accommodation for older or retired people in need of housing. The Leathersellers’ Company acts as custodian trustee of the charity, and its executive team support the trustees in its running.

The operation of the charity is determined by its trustees, comprising two ex-officio trustees (being the Master and the Second Warden of the Leathersellers’ Company) and nominated Trustees (typically four) who are individuals appointed by the Leathersellers’ Company.

Day-to-day operation of Leathersellers’ Close is outsourced to Harrison Housing. All enquiries related to tenancy or resident welfare should, in the first instance, be directed to:

The History of Leathersellers' Close

The story of our almshouses begins in the 16th century and is a largely centred on the generosity of two people: John Hasilwood, who donated £300 for the Company to secure the site of St Helen’s Place on condition that almshouses were set up on the land; and Liveryman and Master of the Leathersellers’ Company, Richard Thornton (1776-1865), entrepreneur and benefactor, who funded the construction of the almshouses in Barnet in 1837.

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nineteenth century stone building in Barnet