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Community Heritage Project
Maps of Oakhill
Community Health Care
The Gables Ground Floor
Diagram of the The Gables Ground floor (now Hillcroft College). From The Building News 18th May 1877. By architect Roland Plumbe.
Bryant and May's Matches
Patients doing sport on The Gables lawn
Mr Alfred Cooper
The Gables Hospital
The Gables on South Bank was built in 1877 for Wilberforce Bryant, of Bryant and May's Matches.
Oak Hill Lodge
In 1880 Oak Hill Lodge on Oakhill Grove was built for Arthur Bryant, a timber merchant and the brother of Wilberforce Bryant (of Bryant and May's Matches) who lived in The Gables.
Entertainment at the Gables Hospital
There was regular entertainment at the Gables Hospital, with music forming a central part - in particular the Arthur Sullivan music 'The Absent Minded Beggar'.
The Gables Hospital (aka The Princess of Wales Hospital for Wounded Soldiers, Surbiton)
The Cooper family, owners of The Gables after the Bryants, turned their private theatre in to a hospital for soldiers injured in the Boer War October 1899 - May 1902. It was the only private military hospital in existence at the time. The hospital was twice visited by its patrons the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra). Alfred Cooper received a knighthood for his services to the wounded soldiers.
Hillcroft College - The Early Years
Hillcroft College was founded in 1920 as a residential college for working women and was based at The Holt in Beckenham, Kent. The College had support from a number of notable people and education enthusiasts, including Thomas Wall (II), Oxford University, a Countess of Portsmouth and even Virginia Woolf. The College students adopted the motto ‘Through Rough Ways to the Stars’.
An account of the early years of Hillcroft College by Miss Phoebe Walters
Miss Phoebe Walters, the Secretary of the National Education Committee of the YWCA in 1918 - 1919, was instrumental in the founding of the Residential College for Working Women (later known as Hillcroft College). This is her account of those early years up until 1930.
Michael Wheeler discusses his time at Hillcroft as its first male Principal
Interview with Michael Wheeler. Discussing Hillcroft college and what it was like to be the first male Principal in the college's history. Recorded by Glenis Ward 11th July 2013. MP3 File.
Mavis Cheek's Recollections of Hillcroft College
Interview with Mavis Cheek, a student at Hillcroft College from 1976 to 1978. Recorded by Chris Stockbridge 31 July 2013. MP3 File.
Mary McNulty's memories of being a Hillcroft Tutor
Interview with Mary McNulty, Hillcroft College tutor 1961 - 1965. Interviewed by Chris Stockbridge 19 August 2013. MP3 File.