Guinness Trust

The First Earl of Iveagh, Edward Cecil Guinness. Image Source:

In 1890 Edward Cecil Guinness (1847 - 1927), great grandson of the founder of the Guinness Brewery gave �250,000 to set up The Guinness Trust. In today�s money this would be the equivalent of �15million. His purpose was to help the many people in London and Dublin who found themselves destitute and unable to afford decent homes. The first Trustees were concerned with more than just housing as they provided heated clubrooms, hot water and bathing attendants. The Trust manages 626 homes in their Brixton and Kennington estates alone. (Text Source : The Guinness Trust Group Website.)