About Us

Aldgate and Allhallows Foundation is an independent grant making education charity operating in the City of London and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The Aldgate and Allhallows Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales number 312500.

Established nearly 120 years ago, the charity is an amalgamation of three much older trusts that were founded by Sir Samuel Starling (1675); Anthony Death (1679); and Alderman James Hickson (1686) to provide funds for education or trade training for young people from the City of London and East End.

About Aldgate Allhallows FoundationToday, the Foundation is administered by Staff at Sir John Cass’s Foundation. This arrangement dates from 1895 and is now regulated by a service level agreement between the two charities.

The Aldgate & Allhallows Foundation has assets of approximately £8m and provides support to organisations and individuals totalling £0.3m per annum. Applicants must fulfil the following eligibility criteria: Residency of either the City of London or the London Borough of Tower Hamlets; be under twenty six years of age and in need of financial support to cover the cost of education. Priority is given to those from disadvantaged communities.


Starling window at All HallowsSir Samuel Starling was elected Lord Mayor of the City of London in 1669 and was a member of the Drapers’ Livery Company. His armorial stain glass window can be seen in the churches of St. Botolph-without-Aldgate and Allhallows Barking by the Tower.

Alderman James Hickson (1607-1689) was a leading London brewer who established a school for twenty poor children in the parish of Allhallows by the Tower and almshouses in South Mimms in Hertfordshire.

The origins of the Foundation are reflected in its name and are to be found in the Aldgate area of the City of London.

Today, the Foundation is administered by Staff at Sir John Cass’s Foundation, an education charity benefiting young people throughout London.