Trinity has a fascinating history that dates back to 1891 when we were founded thanks to the generosity and foresight of the Hoare banking family. Here's a snapshot of just a few of the key moments in our 125+ year history. 

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Trinity is rated by the Care Quality Commission to provide Outstanding care overall. This is the highest rating that can be awarded.

Royal Trinity Hospice CQC Outstanding


The Duchess of Cornwall visits the hospice to officially mark the beginning of our 125th year. 


Trinity is granted its Royal Trinity Hospice name by the Cabinet Office, reflecting the long patronage and association with the Royal Family. Part of our building, The Elms at No. 29, is converted into six flats providing valuable income for the hospice.


Our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall makes a private visit to see staff and patients


Trinity celebrates its 120th anniversary. Mulberry Place, a light-filled room overlooking the Trinity gardens opens, to host outpatient groups


A landmark in Trinity’s history was reached when our new 28-bed, purpose-built inpatient unit opens its doors.

Royal Trinity Hospice Ward


Our Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits. 


Trinity celebrates its centenary. The Duchess of York visits. 


At the forefront of good practice, Trinity establishes education services throughout the 1980s and opens a day centre. 


The Queen Mother, our Royal Patron for a remarkable 76 years, plants a copper beech that continues to give pleasure today. 

1978 -1980

The first major refurbishment includes restoration of our two-acre gardens. In 1980 Trinity Hospice takes on its current name and appoints a full-time medical director. 


Trinity’s Council, in place since the 1900s, takes over management and runs the hospice as a secular, independent establishment. 


HRH Princess Alice lays the foundation stone for St Michael’s Ward. 

1933 – 1946

Records show that in 1933, the hospice was “in constant occupation”. It was evacuated to Lindfield during World War II and returned to Clapham in 1946. The photograph below shows the Elizabeth Clark Ward in 1937.

Royal Trinity Hospice 1937 Elizabeth Clark Ward

1899 – 1907

29 Clapham Common Northside is purchased in 1899 and number 30 in 1907; we occupy the same buildings today. 

Royal Trinity Hospice The Elms

1892 – 1896

Patients are cared for by the Sisters of St James’ Servants of the Poor at the Chase in Clapham. In 1896 The Sisters of St Margaret’s of East Grinstead take over. 


The Hostel of God, later to be known as Trinity Hospice, was founded. We have Colonel William Hoare of the famous banking family to thank for this act of foresight. He gave £1,000 of the £2,000 needed and raised the remainder from an appeal in the Times newspaper on Christmas day to provide a home “for the man who is neither curable nor incurable but simply dying”.

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