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Farnell's Almshouses Hounslow


The almshouses were built at the behest of the brewer John Farnell, owner of Isleworth Brewery, who also contributed funds towards building the adjacent church of St John the Baptist, vicarage and school, to serve the needs of the rapidly growing population of Isleworth. The site was provided by the Duke of Northumberland, and the architect for the church, John Deason, probably designed the almshouses. Farnell's Almshouses accommodated six men and six women in picturesque one-storey buildings ranged on three sides around a central garden. It is entered through a stone gateway, that has a plaque commemorating John Farnell. A bust of Farnell on a stone plinth is also found within a small pavilion in the garden.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Farnells Court Almshouses

Site location:
St John's Road, Isleworth

TW7 6PA ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden



Listed structures:
LBII: Farnell's Almshouses


Site ownership:
Isleworth and Hounslow Charity Ltd., leased to Notting Hill Housing Trust until 2028

Site management:
Isleworth and Hounslow Charity Ltd

Open to public?

Opening times:
Private for residents only

Special conditions:



Public transport:
Rail: Isleworth. Bus: H37, 117.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/01/2018
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ156761 (515642,176100)

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:

On EH National Register :

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:

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:

In Conservation Area:

Tree Preservation Order:

Nature Conservation Area:

Green Belt:

Metropolitan Open Land:

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Special Character

Other LA designation:

Farnell's Almshouses

Farnell's Almshouses, May 2017. Photograph Sally Williams

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Fuller information

Farnell's Almshouses were founded by John Farnell under a deed of gift dated 3 December 1859, augmented by gifts of William Thomas Farnell by a deed of 12 September 1865 and of Frances Susan Seager by will dated 25 June 1884. Farnell's and other small almshouse and distributive charities are within Isleworth and Hounslow Charity Ltd, which began life over 350 years ago as the Isleworth Parochial Charities administered by All Saints' Isleworth (q.v.), to help people of limited means in Isleworth and Hounslow. The charity's aims today are to provide help to residents of the borough of Hounslow who are in need, hardship or distress. Farnell's Almshouses were modernised in 1998, and the 13 bed-sitters are now leased to Notting Hill Housing Trust for people with mental health needs.

Sources consulted:

Isleworth and Hounslow Charity Ltd website

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