1874 – 1880

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115 patients

Langdon Down firmly believed in the benefits of music and drama. The building of the theatre commenced. The architect was Rowland Plumbe, FRIBA .

Langdon Down also believed in useful occupations being available to the patients.

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Work started on a farm building which was designed by his son Reginald.


Broom Hall (Conifers) was purchased by Langdon Down

The freehold estate known as Broom Hill had been advertised the previous year, ‘consisting of 12 acres including a mansion with stabling and particularly timbered miniature park close to the Thames on the High Road between Teddington and Hampton Wick. The mansion was approached by a carriage drive and had 12 excellent bed chambers, dressing and bath rooms, day and night nurseries, elegant drawing, dining and morning rooms, conservatory and offices, stabling, model farm buildings and pleasure grounds. Purchased for £9,250 and renamed Conifers.


Conifers ready to receive residents.


Entertainment Hall opens. Architect Rowland Plumbe