The Maple Convalescent Home & Almshouses

Convalescent Homes



Maple Convalascent Home, Harpenden  

The Maple Convalescent Home, Harpenden

D. B. Skillman, Harpenden

2nd Series

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Posted 11 November 1904 to

Mr. E. A. Poleman

Post Office Box 1038

General Manager's Office


South Africa

John Blundell Maple (1845-1903) was a local philanthropist who lived at Childwickbury and in 1897 he built the Maple Convalescent Home. Its purpose was to serve as a convalescent home for sick employees in the London furniture firm bearing his name.  At the same time, Sir John commissioned the building nearby of a similarly styled group of Almshouses, later commonly known as Maple Flats, for his retired employees and provided an endowment for their up-keep.  

Maple Almeshouses, Harpenden  

Maple Alms Houses, Harpenden

by Aymotte (unidentified) - Date probably 1930s

Maple Convalescent Home, Harpenden, by Aymotte

In 1929 the convalescent home was transferred to the National Children's Home and named Akrill House, and in 1983 it was converted into flats, and more recently the almshouses have also been converted into flats.

For more Information see Harpenden History - Akrill House

January 2016   Page Created