The Bethlem Royal Hospital (also known as Wickham Park, Monks Orchard)9241

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

There remain numerous specimen trees, beech-hedged garden areas to the west, notable limes in the park to the south, and horse chestnuts along Monks Orchard Road, which was once part of the estate. The site is fronted to Monks Orchard Road with railings, and to the north with extensive laurel and rhododendron.

History

Bethlem Royal Hospital purchased the Monks Orchard estate in 1924 and built the hospital here, moving in 1930. The former C18th/C19th landscape park of Wickham Park, now overlaid with a comprehensive design of early-mid C20th buildings, had extensive grounds. There were extensive walled gardens to the west with backsheds including a mushroom house.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open by appointment only.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open by appointment only.

Directions

Rail: Eden Park, West Wickham. Bus: 194, 356, 358, 119, 494 and 198
History

Period

  • 18th Century
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust