Ferrol - Urban History
Old People's Home of the Sisters of the Poor (c. 1890)

Charitable associations had a residual role in the city until the end of the nineteenth century, when the Social Catholicism movement led to the Catholic Workers' Circle being founded in 1894, and then to a savings bank and consumer cooperative. Two years earlier the Old People's Home had been built, cared for by an order of nuns which had come to the city expressly for this purpose. The processes of town development and the migratory exodus to America had meant that offering assistance to helpless elderly people had become a priority issue in Galicia. All these charities, as well as others backed by the city council, such as a soup kitchen, were financed by the Amboage Foundation. From its earliest days, keeping control of the Foundation acquired great political importance.

Ferrol City Council, Postcard collection