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Houblon's Almshouses Richmond
Summary: Houblon's Almshouses were founded in 1757 by Rebecca and Susanna Houblon, who vested the site for the almshouses and c.1 hectare of land at the rear, together with property in Harrow and Essex to endow the Almshouses. The walled almshouses were built in 1758, and are among the oldest to survive in Richmond. They comprise a range of three 2-storey blocks around 3 sides of a central garden. The pedimented entrance bay carries the inscription: 'These almshouses were erected and endowed by Mrs Rebecca and Mrs Susannah Houblon 1758'.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Worple Way
Postcode: TW10 > Google Map
Type of site: Private Garden
Date(s): 1757
Listed structures: LBII*: Houblon's Almshouses
Borough: Richmond
Site ownership: The Richmond Charities' Almshouses
Site management: contractor: Coombe Gardeners
Open to public? Occasionally
Opening times: Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for residents only
Took part in Open Garden Squares Weekend in 2009.
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail/London Overground/Tube (District): Richmond then bus. Bus: 33, 337, 371, 493
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Rebecca and Susanna Houblon lived in a mansion on Richmond Hill, now Old Vicarage School, and were the unmarried daughters of Sir John Houblon, former Governor of the Bank of England. The family was probably descended from Huguenot refugees and the original stipulation was that residents of the almshouses should be Protestants. The rules governing the conduct of residents were extensive and fines were imposed for offences such as blasphemy, non-attendance at church, abusive or uncharitable language or blows, or 'tippling or drinking in any tavern, ale house or gin shop, or in any place where spirituous liquors are sold'.

Sources consulted:

Richmond Charities' Almshouses notes, provided for Open Garden Squares Weekend, 2009
Grid ref: TQ183749
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: St Matthias and Sheen Road
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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