The Retreat
Odessa Road
London E7 9BG

Legg Whittuck Almshouses/The Retreat is an almshouse scheme in Newham consisting of eight one-bedroom properties for older people from the borough.

Independent Living in Newham

Jabez Legg built almshouses in Odessa Road, Forest Gate, known as Forest Gate Retreat. Jabez Legg was a Congregational Minister of the Forest Gate church, Sebert Road. He built three almshouses in 1858 and three more in 1863 to accommodate women who had formerly been in domestic service. In 1939 the charity was amalgamated with the Edith Whittuck charity of Wimbledon and renamed the Legg-Whittuck Trust. Alms-women can come from any part of the country, but in practice most of them have local connections.

The buildings are described as single storey, small, plain and with gabled fronts.

Legg Whittuck joined Pathways on 1 August 2012.

Local Connections

Nearest Bus Stop

St James’ School (on Forest Lane): Route 308 and Route 678

Nearest Rail Station

Forest Gate Rail Station

Residency criteria

  • Age: Applicant must be aged 60 years or over at time of application.
  • Gender: Applicants to this almshouse must be female.

In exceptional circumstances where it has not been possible to fill a vacancy from this locality, then the trustees may consider applicants from the Pathways Jubilee area of benefit comprising the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Waltham Forest, Enfield, Haringey, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Lambeth.