Thorners have two almshouse schemes within Southampton City boundaries, Thorner’s Court in Henstead Road, just off Bedford Place and the other, Robert Thorner Court in Regents Park Road, Shirley.

Both sites have Scheme Managers and they are generally on duty between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding Public and Bank Holidays). 

All flats are fitted with a Manager call / alarm system to enable easy communication with the Manager.  Outside of their normal working hours, the system is switched through to the monitoring service which receives the out of hours calls.  Thorners do not provide a responding manager service outside the normal working hours. However, it may be possible to arrange directly with the monitoring service (Southampton City Council) to register for their responding service for an additional weekly charge.pens in a new tab)

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As an almshouse, charges are made for accommodation.  They are charged weekly and are made up of the following:

  • Weekly Maintenance Charge (WMC) – would be a ‘rent’ equivalent
  • Service Charges
  • Heating & Hot Water
  • Water Rates

These charges are reviewed annually with any changes implemented during April.

For further information of the years current charge:

Important Information

As an Almshouse Charity, a resident becomes a beneficiary of the Charity, not a tenant.  In addition a resident has no legal interest in the accommodation and the ‘right to buy’ is not transferable to Thorners.

What now?

Thank you for your interest in Thorner’s Homes.  If you would like an application form, please use either the contact form, or call the office on 023 8063 6772.

How we process applications and carry out personal interviews

  • Each completed application form received will be acknowledged by letter or email.
  • Once an application has been reviewed as acceptable on the basic entry criteria, the Charity will carry out further checks with landlords references being sought, personal referees contacted and verification by the applicant’s general practitioner that the applicant can live independently.  If these are returned satisfactorily the Charity will advise the applicant if they have been accepted onto the housing list.  
  • When an appropriate vacancy becomes available, the applicant may be shortlisted for interview. That interview will be a two-stage process.  We will ask to visit the applicant in their own home.  Will request certain documentation is made available, which will need to be verified.  The interview will establish the needs of the applicant.  We will inform the applicant about the Charity, the almshouses and the weekly maintenance contributions.  We will answer any questions from the applicant.
  • If this stage is satisfactory, the applicant will then be invited to attend a personal interview during which time further requested documentation will be verified together with an applicant’s current housing need, health and financial circumstances.

Current Vacancies 

We have several vacancies at Robert Thorner Court. However, please note that these flats are two bedroom for single occupancy and as such attract the ‘bedroom’ tax and therefore may not be suitable for those under pensionable age and living solely on benefits.

Thorner’s Court is currently being remodelled and refurbished and vacancies will be available towards the end of 2022. 


During the current pandemic, there are a few changes to the above process, and we will inform you of these accordingly, if invited for an interview, which may be online rather than face to face.