1997, the property was purchased by Dr Michael
Batt for the Michael Batt Charitable
Trust and the Home is administered by the trustees.
Home provides residents with a secure, relaxed
and homely environment. We respond sensitively
to the evolving needs of the residents within
individual care plan is negotiated with each resident,
including input from the residents doctor, relatives
or representatives. This plan not only addresses
the medical and therapeutic needs but also embraces
the cultural, spiritual, emotional and social
preferences of the resident.
staff are trained and supervised to provide the
highest standards of care.
of the building
Rushymead has a rich history
in the story of its transition from country house
to residential care home.
In 1839, John Statham of Amersham owned a small
farmhouse and a nine-acre field called Rushy Meadow,
then in the occupation of Joshua Payne. The house
was occupied as a farmhouse, and the grounds cultivated
until about 1985 when a much larger house was
built here, by Thomas Arthur Howland, a wine and
spirit merchant. About 1913, the Howland family
put Rushymead on the market with an asking price
The purchaser was Thomas Forbes, Chairman of Price
Forbes & Co Ltd., and a Lloyds underwriter.
He employed Arnold Dunbar Smith F.R.I.B.A., of
Queen's Square, Bloomsbury, to rebuild the house.
The new Rushymead featured in the Studio Yearbook
of Decorative Art in 1924.
In 1940, the employees of Forbes moved to Rusymead
to avoid the London bombings. However, despite
these precautions, in 1940 a large bomb fell in
the grounds of Rushymead. Luckily the bomb did
not explode and was recovered successfully.
After the death of Thomas Forbes in 1951, Rushymead
was bought by Broom & Wade, the High Wycombe
engineering company, who used it as a staff college.
In the 1960s, Rushymead was bought by Hillingdon
Borough Council as an old people's home. In 1991,
ownership of the home passed to Chiltern District
Council, with the object of opening a hospice
there. In 1997 Dr Michael Batt operating as The
Michael Batt Charitable Trust purchased the home
and set about modernising and improving the house.
The Trust continues to operate Rushymead as a
residential care home to this day.