Aged Poor Society


Apart from the benevolent activities still carried on by this old London Catholic charity, its survival serves as a link between some of the more widely known charities of today and those of the penal times when it was a capital offense for a priest to say Mass. The Report issued for the year 1820 quaintly reminded its supporters that, “The Aged Poor Society was instituted about the year 1708…it has met with the approbation and support of many persons equally distinguished for piety and learning.” Its list of subscribers in the past includes such names as Poynter, Challoner, Talbot, Bramston, Griffith, Wiseman, and Manning. Low cost of administration is a characteristic of the society.

MLA Citation

  • “Aged Poor Society”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2010. Web. 22 September 2021. <>