Four centuries of history will be open to the public at a special event in Castle Rising next weekend (June 28/29.)

The Trustees and Sisters of Trinity Hospital are opening the doors of the historic almshouses on Saturday, June 28, to mark the 400th anniversary of the building.

The event is part of the village fete, from noon to 5pm, and members of the village’s history group will be on hand with displays and information.

The Grade I listed building was constructed by Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton, in 1614, as a memorial to his grandfather.

The almshouses, originally thatched, were built at a cost of a a little over £451 and were designed to provide sheltered accommodation for 12 women, called Sisters, from the parish.

Each Sister was expected to be of ‘an honest life and conversation,’ single and over the age of 56.

“No common beggar, harlot, scold, drunkard, haunter of taverns,” would be allowed.

The residents still wear the distinctive black hats and red livery to mark founder’s day.