The Almshouse has provided shelter and care for the people of Sherborne for over 500 years. It is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist and was built between 1440 and 1445 and extended and restored in 1864. It is run by trustees elected from local citizens.
There is a wonderful painted triptych in the chapel which dates from c 1480. Guided tours to view this triptych and the historic building, including the original dining room and examples of the traditional uniforms, are available from May to September inclusive on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons.