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Pearman House at the National Society for Epilepsy

A Grade II Listed Building in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.6227 / 51°37'21"N

Longitude: -0.5514 / 0°33'5"W

OS Eastings: 500374

OS Northings: 192535

OS Grid: TQ003925

Mapcode National: GBR F6X.CD5

Mapcode Global: VHFSQ.DGBW

Plus Code: 9C3XJCFX+3C

Entry Name: Pearman House at the National Society for Epilepsy

Listing Date: 30 July 1984

Last Amended: 27 August 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1124828

English Heritage Legacy ID: 44774

Location: Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire, SL9

County: Buckinghamshire

Civil Parish: Chalfont St. Peter

Built-Up Area: Gerrards Cross

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Chalfont St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Pearman House at the National Society for Epilepsy



Villa accommodation for epileptics, originally for children. 1896-1898 to the designs of either Maurice B. Adams or E.C. Shearman.

Brick on ashlar plinth, with rendered first floor and tile-hung gables. Big tiled roof sweeping low over central two-storey range to meet those over single-storey wings to either side. It is a good example of the distinctive planning found at the Chalfont Centre, with a central two storey range containing communal living areas on the ground floor and staff accommodation above, with single storey wings to either side that formerly housed dormitories and a service range to the rear, since extended. Ground floor sash windows set in arched surrounds, with central stone oriel. First floor windows part renewed in uPVC. Small doors to sides, one long converted to a window, the other with timber door under simple hood.

The former Chalfont colony was founded in 1894 to give a normal, healthy village life to epileptics. It pioneered the concept of a village community for mental patients, which was widely adopted, firstly for other epileptic hospitals and in the inter-war period for institutions serving other mental disabilities. Milton House and Pearman House stand on slightly higher ground within the village, and form a strong group with Greene House. These buildings at the Chalfont Centre form an important group, for their historic interest in the treatment of epilepsy and as examples, if altered, of Arts and Crafts architecture designed to give a domestic feel to a hospital institution.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, unpublished report NBR no.100291.

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