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Guinness Trust

The Guinness Trust is the oldest member of The Guinness Partnership, a group of housing associations. It is a UK registered charity[1] providing affordable housing.

The Guinness Trust was founded in 1890 by Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, great grandson of the founder of the Guinness Brewery, to help homeless people in London and Dublin.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Iveagh Trust based in Dublin took responsibility for Ireland. The Guinness Trust extended it's objectives outside London in 1962 and today operates in all parts of England. It is not related to the brewery company. The history of its 1st century was published by Peter Malpass in 1998.

The President of the Trust is Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro, and the Chairman is Peter Barton, Deputy Lieutenant and former High Sheriff of Greater London.

Guinness Partnership

The Guinness Trust Group is now known as The Guinness Partnership. In total, the group owns over 50,000 homes.[2] Its patron is HRH The Prince of Wales.[3]


The members of the Partnership are:[4]

Name Established Activity Size
Guinness Trust 1890 Housing in London, East Anglia and the South East 23,000 homes
Guinness Hermitage 1998 Housing management in the west of England. Initially named Parchment Housing Group, it was amalgamated with other Partnership members and renamed in 2007[5]
Hermitage Housing Association Housing with support services in Hampshire 3,800 homes
Hermitage Care 1997 Care and support services in Hampshire
Gorseway Care Nursing & residential homes & flats on Hayling Island
Portsmouth Friendship Centre 2007 Project for diverse communities in Portsmouth
Midsummer Housing Association 1985 Milton Keynes and the Midlands 4,200 homes
Guinness Northern Counties 1966 North of England, especially Manchester, South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. Founded as Northern Counties Housing Association Over 20,000 homes
Guinness Housing Association Bath, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
Kennet Housing Society General and special needs in Wiltshire, Bath and Mendip Owns 440 homes, manages 1,200
Wycombe Friendship Housing Association Saunderton, Downley and Central Wycombe
Guinness Developments Ltd 2004 House-building company
Guinness Care and Support Ltd 2005 Services for residents with support needs

History of the Partnership

The Parchment Housing Group was created in 1997, as the parent company of Hermitage Housing Association, Hermitage Care and Gorseway Care.[5]

In 1992 the Guinness Trust Group acquired the Parchment Group.[5] The combined group is now known as The Guinness Partnership.

Northern Counties Housing Association joined the Partnership in 2008.[3]


External links

  • The Guinness Partnership official website
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