The garden was part of a larger plot of land. It can be seen from the Tithe map of 1838 that North Street House had always occupied this plot of land. This house and garden became the residence and surgery of the Emsworth doctors.
After the First World War this had become an attractive garden and because of its common boundary with the Emsworth Cottage Hospital, provided a pleasant walk to and from work, for the then occupier of the house, Dr Glanville, in his role as Hon. Medical Officer, and subsequently, as Hon. Consulting Physician.
The large garden was originally part of the property, later known as The Emsworth Surgery. North Street House, or No. 6, North Street is a Grade II Listed, an early C19th building. It dates from a time when there was no main road or roundabout in the centre of Emsworth. The garden covered all the space between the original Emsworth Surgery and the Emsworth Hospital, including the space which is now the main road.
That it’s address is “North St”, rather than the more logical “High St” is a result of the Emsworth main road being routed slightly to the north of West Street (through the garden), thus consigning Nos 2,4, 6 North Street to the town centre.
In 1955 North Street House garden, then owned by Dr Daniels, was presented to The Friends of Emsworth Hospitals (FEH, formed in 1949). This organisation was affiliated to the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital. The gift was made in memory of Dr & Mrs LHS Glanville, to preserve this idyllic setting for the benefit of the hospital patients and the wider Emsworth community.
When the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital closed, the “Friends of Emsworth Community Health” were formed as a registered Charity, to continue to maintain the garden and endowment from these legacies. In the spirit of the original gift, this fund is managed so that the returns can be used for charitable purposes, for the benefit of the health and well-being of the people of Emsworth.
We maintain the garden as a community space which is open daily and make it available to local community organisations for health and well-being purposes, for community celebrations and fundraising events.
With thanks to Emsworth Museum.