Ravenscroft Cottages

Potters Lane, Barnet, EN5 5AG


In 1927 the Jesus Hospital Charity, which was managing the Jesus Hospital in Wood Lane, bought land in Potters Lane on which to build 12 additional almshouses.

The buildings, named Ravenscroft Cottages after James Ravenscroft, the founder of the charity, were completed in 1929. Arranged in a semi-circle around an open space, they were connected to Potters Lane by a driveway. Eight women from Chipping Barnet and four from East Barnet were chosen to be the first residents.

In 1950 three more almshouses were added to the site. The dwellings were numbered 1 to 16 (there being no No. 13).

In 2017 planning permission was granted for the Charity to build a further seven units. Work began in 2018 and was completed in 2019.


Current status

The site now contains 22 dwellings managed by the Jesus Hospital Charity.

Only women aged over 50 years can apply for accommodation. They must be of limited means and in housing need, but capable of living independently. Priority is given to applicants who have been living in High Barnet, New Barnet, East Barnet and Friern Barnet for a certain period. The average current rent (2022) is £85 a week.

N.B. Photographs obtained in February 2020

Ravenscroft Cottages, Potters Lane

The entrance driveway into the almshouse complex.

Ravenscroft Cottages, Potters Lane

Signage at the entrance shows the layout of the almshouses.

Ravenscroft Cottages, Potters Lane

A plaque commemorates the almshouses built in 2019.

References (Accessed 25th May 2022)

Webb Y 2017 The Jesus Hospital Almshouses. Barnet History Journal 1, 19-21. (1) (2) (1) (2)

Last updated 25th May 2022

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