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The Priory Hospital Wandsworth
Summary: The Priory was one of a number of villas built on the northern part of Roehampton Park after the estate was broken up between 1770-88. Roehampton had become a popular place for the wealthy to build country retreats in the C18th, attracted by the healthy and beautifaul sitution, the attraction no doubt enhanced by the fact that 'adjacent villas being inhabited by families of fashion and distinction' (George Richardson referring to Dover House in 1810). In the latter part of the C19th this exclusivity waned as suburban development was encouraged by the opening of the railways and a number of former villas became institutions of one sort of another. The Priory has been a private nursing home since 1871.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Priory Lane, Roehampton
Postcode: SW15 5JJ > Google Map
Type of site: Institutional Grounds
Date(s): c.1803
Listed structures: LBII: Priory Hospital including Ice House in grounds
Borough: Wandsworth
Site ownership: Priory Hospital Group
Site management: Priory Hospital Group
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
Special conditions:
Public transport:
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The Priory was built by Thomas Bernard in c.1803, a barrister and philanthropist who was treasurer of the Foundling Hospital, and knighted in 1809. He lived at The Priory until 1811 and the property then had a number of owners. Additions were made to the original house in c.1840 by R L Roumieu and A D Gough for Sir James Knight-Bruce who owned the property from 1838-1866.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999; Dorian Gerhold 'Villas and Mansions of Roehampton and Putney Heath' (Wandsworth Historical Society, Wandsworth Paper 9, 1997)
Grid ref: TQ215751
Size in hectares: 1.3
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: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: To be checked
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Archaeological Priority Area
Other LA designation:

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