A faithful past for Guy Scadding
17 February 2010
Did you know that the Guy Scadding Building on the Royal Brompton Campus occupies the site of the former St Wilfrid’s Convent? The convent included a Victorian building built round an inner courtyard, an orangery, a walled garden of trees, shrubs and vegetables, and a shrine. The ash tree alongside the main gate to the building dates back to the convent's days. The nuns nursed and cared for the needy in small cell-like rooms that many years later were occupied by senior academics as offices. The Royal Brompton Hospital bought the convent from the order and, initially, it was used for NHS offices and storage. The College then bought the site from the NHS and found that, instead of a single title deed, each part of the site, for example, the shrine, the vegetable garden, etc., had its own title deed. The nuns had not worried about this sort of detail.
—Irene Oddy (NHLI)