Greatpark was built on the Warlingham Park Hospital site, which opened in 1903 as the Croydon Borough Asylum. It was renamed Warlingham Park in 1937, and closed its doors in 1999. The site was acquired by Berkeley Homes, and all of the hospital buildings were demolished, with the exception of the distinctive Grade II listed clock tower.
The Tower was refurbished in 2012, taking total of five months to complete. Two thousand bricks were re-pointed with the original black mortar, rather than the cream cement used when previously refurbished. The clocks were restored to their former glory with bell chimes now working. A vote conducted at the 2012 AGM decided against introducing the hourly chimes but if ever opinions change, they are ready to go.
Today the 84-acre gated park has 147 dwellings, including detached, terraced and town houses, and three luxurious apartment blocks. The mature grounds consist of beautiful communal areas with a wide variety of trees, as well as woodland areas, which attract and support local wildlife.
For further information on the history of the hospital, please visit:
Museum of the Mind – Your-hospital
This is Your Hospital – Warlingham Park Hospital Promotional Video
Warlingham Park Hospital background and photos
Warlingham Park Hospital History
Warlingham Park Hospital Photos shortly before closure
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