Inventory Site Record

Church Estate Almshouses

Church Estate Almshouses (Richmond)

Brief Description

The Church Estate Almshouses were established in 1844 for men and women who were members of the C of E. The almshouses were built adjacent to Hickey's Almshouses, and residents were able to use hickey's Chapel. In 1968 two new blocks, each of 4 studio flats, were built on the bombed site of former tenanted property. The terrace of buildings face onto Sheen Road set back behind a garden with lawn, trees and flower borders. To the rear is a secret secluded garden created in the C21st, the work of one of the residents.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Richmond Church Charity Estate
Site location:
Sheen Road
Type of site:
Private Garden
Open to public?
Opening times:
Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for residents only Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend in the past.
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Rail/London Overground/Tube (District): Richmond then bus. Rail: North Sheen then bus. Bus: 33, 337, 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.

Full Site Description

Richmond Church Charity Estate is probably the oldest charity in Richmond, thought to have been founded in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I by Thomas Owings who bequeathed land for the use of the poor of the parish, but it may date back as far as 1375 with an endowment provided by Merton Priory. In May 2004, the Church Estate Almshouses were transferred to Richmond Charities' Almshouses, and the Church Estate is now known as Richmond Church Charity Estate/

Sources consulted:

Richmond Charities' Almshouses notes, provided for Open Garden Squares Weekend, 2009

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ187751 (518773,175098)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
The Richmond Charities
Site management:
contractors: Bridges Landscaping and Roscoe Landscaping
Listed structures:
LB: Almshouses
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

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:
Conservation Area name:
St Matthias and Sheen Road
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

Church Estate Almshouses

Church Estate Almshouses - Photo: Colin Wing
Date taken: 29/05/09 09:52

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