DiCamillo Companion

Rhydd Court (Cliffey House) (The Rhydd)

  • House & Family History: The Lechmere family left Rhydd Court in 1915, never to return. During the Great War the house was used as a Red Cross Hospital. After the war Rhydd Court was sold and became a boys' school. During World War II the house was home to London evacuees. Between 1952 and 1991 the house was the home of Rhydd Court School (later Cliffey House School), a home for children and adults with special needs that was closed amid accusations of sexual abuse. The house, together with 30 acres, was sold in 2004 for £2.2 million by Worcestershire County Council to Outcomes First Group, who today operate the house as a residential center for young autistic adults.

  • Architect: Richard Ingleman

    Date: Circa 1820
    Designed: Work for Sir Anthony Lechmere

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    Architect: Charles Francis Hansom

    Date: 1864
    Designed: Chapel for Lechmere family

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    Architect: Richard Norman Shaw

    Date: 1865-66
    Designed: Completed Chapel for Lechmere family

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 554
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Not Listed

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir Anthony Lechmere, 1st Bt., early 19th century; Sir Edmund Hungerford Lechmere, 2nd Bt., 19th century; Lechmere family here from 1805 until 1915.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Since 2005 Options Malvern View, a home for young adults with autism.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01684-312-610

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.optionsautism.co.uk/

    Historic Houses Member: No