|LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON
Tower Road, Coleshill, Nr Amersham, Bucks HP7 0LA
|1960s - current
During the 1960s Hillingdon Borough Council purchased Rushymead, a large country house built after WW1, for use as an old people's home. The house had previously been used as a staff college for the engineering firm Broom & Wade Ltd, High Wycombe.
In 1991 ownership of the property passed to the Chiltern District Council, who opened a small Day Hospice with 8 places in a section of the house, while the remainder continued in use as a care home managed by the Chiltern Hundreds Housing Association.
In 1997 the house with its 7 acres of grounds were purchased by Dr Michael Batt for the Michael Batt Charitable Trust. It remained a residential care home with 27 single rooms and 1 double room for a married couple or partners. The Hospice Day Centre, which had been taken over by the Chiltern Hills Charitable Trust, paid a nominal £10 a year rent for the use of their facilities.
In 2009 the property was sold and leased back to Rushymead Ltd, a company controlled by Dr. Batt.
The Hospice Day Centre closed at short notice in April 2011 due to lack of funding.
Present status (December 2011)
Rushymead continues to be a residential care home.
Rushymead (above) and the main entrance (below).
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