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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We were rated "Outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission. This is the highest rating that can be awarded.

Royal Trinity Hospice CQC Outstanding


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


Trinity was granted our Royal Trinity Hospice name by the Cabinet Office, reflecting the long patronage and association with the Royal Family. 


We celebrated our 120th anniversary and opened Mulberry Place, a light-filled room overlooking the Trinity gardens, which is used to host outpatient groups


We reached a landmark in our history when our new 28-bed, purpose-built inpatient unit opened its doors.

Royal Trinity Hospice Ward


At the forefront of good practice, Trinity established education services throughout the 1980s and opened a day centre for outpatients. 

1978 -1980

The first major refurbishment included restoration of our two-acre gardens. In 1980 we took on the name Trinity Hospice and appointed a full-time medical director. 


Trinity’s Council, in place since the 1900s, took over management to run the hospice as a secular, independent establishment. 

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 North Side was purchased in 1899 and number 30 in 1907. We occupy the same buildings today. 

Royal Trinity Hospice The Elms

1892 – 1896

Patients were 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 took over. 


The Hostel of God, later to be known as Royal 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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