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Passmore Edwards House at the National Society for Epilepsy

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

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Latitude: 51.6218 / 51°37'18"N

Longitude: -0.5506 / 0°33'2"W

OS Eastings: 500436

OS Northings: 192434

OS Grid: TQ004924

Mapcode National: GBR F6X.CM2

Mapcode Global: VHFSQ.DHSL

Plus Code: 9C3XJCCX+PQ

Entry Name: Passmore Edwards House at the National Society for Epilepsy

Listing Date: 30 July 1984

Last Amended: 27 August 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1332525

English Heritage Legacy ID: 44773

ID on this website: 101332525

Location: Chalfont Common, 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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Passmore Edwards House at the National Society for Epilepsy



Administration block for the National Society of Epileptics. 1903-1904 to the designs of Charles Grieve. Red brick with tile hanging to first floor, tiled hipped roof with projecting timber-framed gables. The original plan was an L-shaped, two-storey building with offices and stores on the ground floor and bedrooms above; since extended. Three bay front with projecting windows and central entrance porch. This has a segmental pediment projecting from the bay above with squat columns and a frieze bearing the date 1904. Central door under arched head in timber and glass surround. Timber casements to ground floor, uPVC units above. Extensions to side and rear not of special interest.

The administrative block was named after Passmore Edwards, a noted architectural patron in the 1890s and the principal benefactor of the former Chalfont Colony founded in 1894 to give a normal, healthy village life to epileptics. The colony pioneered the concept of a village community for mental patients, which was widely adopted, firstly for other epileptics and in the inter-war period for other mental disabilities. Passmore Edwards is best known as the proprietor of the Building News, a magazine that supported the Arts and Crafts Movement, and for building public libraries.

Passmore Edwards House lies in a prominent, central position at the core of the site, as befits its status. The 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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