Jane Cart almshouses

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The Jane Cart almshouses in High Street South were provided by Mrs Cart to house six poor women, widows or spinsters, who were members of the Church of England. One of Jane's sons, Thomas, had died in 1722 aged 27 and the almshouses may have been intended as a memorial to him. Mrs Cart's other gifts to the town included the clock in the Priory Church tower and a huge painting for the church by Sir James Thornhill which was allowed to disintegrate after it was damaged by rainwater in Victorian times. The considerable amount of property owned by Mrs Cart included the Sugar Loaf in Dunstable.