About Us


Edwin Alonzo Pearn (1822 – 1893) was born and educated in Devonport before being apprenticed to a wholesale draper in Plymouth. He later became a partner in a company of drapers and woollen warehousemen in Exeter before finally retiring in 1873

The Pearn Almshouse Trust is part of the legacy by which he bequeathed his accumulated wealth to assist in the general health and social well-being of the citizens of Plymouth.

Following a deed of gift dated 12 July 1892, The Trust was set up and the Pearn Almshouses at Higher Compton Road were designed and built as self-contained appartments in 1928.

The first scheme as required by the Charities Commission was sealed on 7 July 1961. The current fully comprehensive scheme was sealed on 13th October 1978 with a supplementary additional clause dated 8th June 2001, authorising the financial arrangements for the building of the Cottages.


The objects of the charity are to provide accommodation for persons of not less than sixty years of age who, except in special cases to be approved by the commissioners, are inhabitants of the City of Plymouth.


The charity is administered by a voluntary Board of Trustees, the details of which can be obtained from the Charities Commission website at http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk


Registered Charity No: 204718

Correspondence Address:

The Pearn Almshouse Trust

81D Higher Compton Road, Higher Compton

Plymouth, Devon, PL3 5JD


Telephone: 01752 793941

Email: admin@pearnalmshouses.org