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St Michael's Convent Garden Richmond
Summary: St Michael's Convent overlooks Ham Common and is the former grounds of the early C18th Orford Hall. Behind the convent is an extensive garden that includes a walled vegetable garden, orchards, vine house, ancient mulberry tree, extensive borders, a labyrinth, meditation and Bible gardens. The Sisters at St Michael’s Convent are members of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, a worldwide Anglican religious order founded in 1870 by Mother Emily Ayckbowm, who opened schools for the education of poor children, first in London, then in other cities.
Previous / Other name: Orford Hall
Site location: 56 Ham Common
Postcode: TW10 7JH > Google Map
Type of site: Institutional Grounds
Listed structures: LBII: St Michael's Convent (Orford Hall)
Borough: Richmond
Site ownership: Sisters of the Church
Site management: Sisters of the Church
Open to public? Occasionally
Opening times: Has opened for OGSW
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 8 times, most recently in 2015.
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail/London Overground/Tube (District): Richmond then bus. Bus: 65
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:

Pending further research

Sources consulted:

Grid ref: TQ177721
Size in hectares: 1.62
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: Ham Common
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

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