Reported in the Horncastle News 8 October 2003 that :-
"PILLS made George Whelpton his fortune, and the legacy of this Horncastle philanthropist continues to provide comfort in the town to this day.
Born in Thimbleby in 1797, Whelpton started in business as a boot and shoe maker in Louth and preached at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.
But it was the ill-health of his wife Elizabeth which set him on the road to study medical works and formulate Whelpton's Vegetable Pills, a remedy for 'disorders of the chest, bowels, liver and kidneys'.
Legend has it Whelpton found the recipe in a piece of furniture he bought at an auction in Horncastle. Whatever the truth of the matter, the Victorians brought the pills by the case-load making him extremely wealthy.
Although he eventually moved to London, Whelpton endowed the almhouses in Queen Street in 1859 after the death of his wife and today they are run by a group of trustees"
The porches seen in this image are a recent addition and were added in 1983.
DB 18 July 2019