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Milton House at the National Society for Epilepsy

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

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Latitude: 51.6231 / 51°37'23"N

Longitude: -0.5516 / 0°33'5"W

OS Eastings: 500366

OS Northings: 192580

OS Grid: TQ003925

Mapcode National: GBR F6X.5D1

Mapcode Global: VHFSQ.DG8L

Plus Code: 9C3XJCFX+69

Entry Name: Milton House at the National Society for Epilepsy

Listing Date: 30 July 1984

Last Amended: 27 August 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1332526

English Heritage Legacy ID: 44775

ID on this website: 101332526

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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Milton 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, ashlar to sides. Tiled roof, hipped and with gablets to sides. 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, first-floor oriels now of uPVC. Central doorway with overscaled segmental hood supported on Ionic pilasters, and central arched timber and glass door in glazed surround.

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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