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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1332526
English Heritage Legacy ID: 44775
ID on this website: 101332526
Location: Chalfont Common, Buckinghamshire, SL9
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
Tagged with: Architectural structure
CHALFONT ST PETER
Milton House at the National Society for Epilepsy
(Formerly listed as: CHESHAM LANE, MILTON HOUSE CHALFONT CENTRE 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Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, unpublished report NBR no.100291.
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