The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, 16 - 18 St-Mary-at-Hill, London, EC3R 8EF
Telephone: (+44) 020 7283 2373 Fax: (+44) 020 7283 0477 E-mail:

Almshouses at Hastings

The Charity has 51 bungalows at Hastings built to provide housing for Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames or their widows/widowers.  The bungalows are located within an enclosed site just outside of Hastings and offer a safe and secure place to reside. All the bungalows are unfurnished dwellings (one bedroom)  and  are  maintained to a very high standard. During the last three years an ongoing programme of  refurbishing has taken place to included new roofs, guttering, the installation of replacement double glazed windows and new back doors. . In addition new cold water tanks are being installed to made the bungalows more environmentally friendly.

The Trustees aim to provide convenient and comfortable accommodation in a setting which allows residents to come and go as they please.  All  residents are encouraged to make friends and share a wider social life through use of the communal hall located on the site . Many events both on site and at other locations are organised by the Social Club and all residents are most welcome..  The Warden lives on site  and  is responsible for the general up keep of the buildings and grounds. There is an emergency call system in each unit so that in the event of  a sudden illness or after a fall, residents can get help quickly. The site has no medical care.

Admission for application to the Almshouse can be made by contacting or 0207 283 2383 for an application form. Priority is always given to Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames.

Private Lettings

By arrangement with the Charity Commission the Trustees can let on short-hold tenancies (12 months)  a number of bungalows for accommodation if   not needed for retired Watermen an Lightermen.  If you are interested in being considered for a short hold tenancy please write direct to Watermen’s Hall or email

The bungalows are located at -

Watermen’s Close

St Helen’s Park Road


East Sussex, TN34 2JP