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Lawrence Campe Almshouses Barnet
Summary: Lawrence Campe Almshouses were built in c.1612 to provide for 12 poor people, each of whom was given a monthly allowance of one shilling. The founder, Lawrence Campe, was a draper's merchant in the City of London. The almshouses consist of a row of seven two-storey red brick cottages set back from the road, fronted by lawn with country-garden style flowers against the houses and a simple white paling fence separating them from the road.
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Site location: Friern Barnet Lane, Whetstone
Postcode: N20 > Google Map
Type of site: Private Garden
Date(s): c.1612
Listed structures: LBII: Lawrence Campe Almshouses
Borough: Barnet
Site ownership: Lawrence Campe's Almshouse Trust
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: Totteridge & Whetstone (Northern) then bus. Bus: 234, 383.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2003
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The almshouses were repaired after damage by fire in 1728, renovated in 1843 and again in 1899, but the original appearance is largely retained. Tablets on the front of the building shows heraldic devices and inspirational texts, one of which reads: 'Every morning before you feed - Come to this House and prayers read - Then you about your work may go - so God bless you and yours also'. They continue to be administered by the Lawrence Campe's Almshouse Trust, and provide accommodation for people over 50 with limited assets.

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Listed Buildings information
Grid ref: TQ268934
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:

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