Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Poor Box Definition

History and Architecture

Poor Box

Quite literally, a box to receive donations to aid the poor. These might also be called alms boxes, and were generally wooden boxes affixed to a pillar or free-standing atop a wooden or stone pedestal. They were frequently located near the main church door. Most surviving poor boxes date from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and many have iron strap binding for extra security, and a slot in the box top for coins. Some were later adapted to be simply donation boxes for church expenses.

Attraction search
in



English Heritage

English Heritage membership

English Heritage membership

Free entry to English Heritage properties throughout England, plus discounted admission to Historic Scotand and Cadw properties in Scotland and Wales

Membership details

About English Heritage


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



Who rebuilt St Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire of London?



24 October, 1537

Death of Queen Jane Seymour

Jane's death came just 12 days after she gave birth to the future Edward VI

The first 'Windsor' king



Passionate about British Heritage!