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St Francis Hospice Havering
   
Summary: Havering Hall, a large a double-fronted brick house, was built in 1858/9 on the site of an earlier C18th house. From the C18th, gentlemen's villas and parks began to be built in the area around the village of Havering-atte-Bower. The Hall was purchased in 1979 by St Francis Hospice and opened to patients in 1984. The grounds contain some exotic specimen trees, possibly survivals from a C19th arboretum and include a mulberry, Tree of Heaven, Mount Atlas cedar, Holm oak, cork oak, yew, monkey puzzle and magnolia grandiflora. The quality of the environment is an important aspect of the work of the hospice, the gardens providing positive benefit for the patients.
Previous / Other name: The Hall
Site location: Broxhill Road, Havering-Atte-Bower
Postcode: RM4 1QH > Google Map
Type of site: Institutional Grounds
Date(s): 1858/9
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Havering
Site ownership: St Francis Hospice
Site management: St Francis Hospice. Hospice Gardener: Dave Collins
Open to public? No
Opening times: private - to check if any open days
Special conditions:
Facilities:
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Public transport: Rail: Romford then bus. Bus: 500, 502
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/09/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.sfh.org.uk

Fuller information:

Havering Hall, a large a double-fronted brick house, was built in 1858/9 on the site of an earlier C18th house near Havering Village Green (q.v.) and its parish church of St John (q.v.). From the C18th gentlemen's villas and parks began to be built in the area around the village of Havering-atte-Bower, perhaps attracted by the fine views from Havering Ridge. The area remains rural today, with a few large houses such as The Round House (q.v.) just to the west of the Hall and Bower House (q.v.).

The Hall was purchased in 1979 by St Francis Hospice, a charity founded to provide ‘hospice at home’ services, in-patient and day care to residents of Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Brentwood and in-patient and day care services to patients in Redbridge who are suffering from a life-limiting illness. It also offer support to the families and carers of patients. The Hall was converted for the new use and opened for patients in 1984. In 2007 a purpose built education and conference facility, the Pepperell Centre, was opened.

The house is surrounded by grounds that contain some exotic specimen trees, possibly survivals from a C19th arboretum and include a mulberry, Tree of Heaven, Mount Atlas cedar, holm oak, cork oak, yew, monkey puzzle and magnolia grandiflora. The quality of the environment is an important aspect of the work of the hospice, the gardens providing positive benefit for the patients. There are a number of garden areas including a small area by the education centre, as well as patio and hanging baskets. The Hospice gardens have won a number of awards in recent years, including 'London Hospices Garden' award from London Gardens Society in 2008 and 2009, as well as awards from London in Bloom and Havering in Bloom. Among new projects in the gardens run by the Hospice gardener and team of volunteers, is development of a greenhouse funded by a donation and support in kind from a bricklayer.

Sources consulted:

Paul Drury Partnership for LB Havering, 'Havering Atte Bower Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Proposals', c.2006; John Drury, 'Treasures of Havering', Ian Henry Publications, 1998
Grid ref: TQ513931
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:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
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: Yes
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Havering Atte Bower
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Havering Ridge Area of Special Character
Other LA designation: Archaeological Priority Area
   

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