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Ravenscroft Almshouses Barnet

Summary

James Ravenscroft, an important benefactor of Barnet like his father Thomas, founded Jesus Hospital almshouses for 6 poor widowed women in 1679, so-called because Ravenscroft was a graduate of Jesus College Cambridge. The almshouses have a pleasant front garden with a central path from the gates, which are flanked by gate piers with inset stone plaques with initials surmounted by a lion and the foundation date, a replica commemorating the 300th anniversary with the date '1979'.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Jesus Hospital Almshouses

Site location:
Wood Street

Postcode:
EN5 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden

Date(s):
1679

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Barnet

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private, visible from the road

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: High Barnet (Northern) then bus. Bus: 34, 84, 107, 184, 234, 263, 307, 326, 384, 389, X43

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ242964 (524270,196450)

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Wood Street

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Special Archaeological Significance

Other LA designation:
Article 4 Direction

Ravenscroft Almshouses

Ravenscroft Almshouses, September 2000. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

James Ravenscroft, an important benefactor of Barnet like his father Thomas, founded Jesus Hospital Almshouses in 1679 to provide for 6 poor widowed women of the town. The Jesus Hospital Almshouses were initially so-called because Ravenscroft was a graduate of Jesus College Cambridge; they were later named after their founder. Ravenscroft was 'a man of untarnished integrity, of a happy disposition, exceedingly well known for the greatness of his mind' according to his tomb in St John the Baptist churchyard (q.v.). The almshouses were largely supported from the rent of land in Stepney. The residents were described as 'sisters', and were led by a 'governess', the trustees known as 'visitors'. The almshouses have a pleasant garden in the front, with lawn and flower beds, a central path leading from the gates, which are flanked by brick stone-capped gate piers with inset stone plaques. These show initials surmounted by a lion and the foundation date, with a replica commemorating the 300th anniversary having the date '1979'.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998)

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