A Tolmers picture gallery

By Daphne Knott

Coach and Horses
Post Office
St Dominic's Priory
Newgate Street
Tolmers Tea Rooms
St Mary's church

The Post Office is now an Italian restaurant.

St Dominic’s Priory may be Ponsbourne Hotel.

This page was added on 20/05/2010.

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  • Very interesting page I love history and buildings and there history but I have found very little on the old cottage Hospital when it was standing just a small amount of information when it was founded in 1889 it was a small hospital with a matron and nurses wing, I went there once when I had bloods done for my first pregnancy my daughter is now 27, and I now find myself living on the very spot the old hospital used to be, considering patients payed and stayed in rooms way back then and were treated right up to when it was knocked down there seems to be nothing else on it no photos or records but photos of post office and pubs are found, does anyone have any information on the building or even staff or photos of the hospital I’d be very grateful indeed.

    By Donna (08/10/2020)
  • I went to St Dominic’s in the late 60’s until it closed. A wonderful school and grounds. Would love to go back and have a look round.

    By Suzanne BAKER (15/07/2019)
  • I am intrigued by this page, as it chimes with my own family history in this area. Though I must confess to being puzzled by the reference to Tolmers, as this is something I am not familiar with.
    My brother Murray went to the Newgate Street, Primary School, from around his 5th birthday in 1949 to approximately 1952.

    By Barry Cross (23/07/2018)
  • whilst exploring the woods along side ponsbourne park over 20 years ago I came across a private graveyard with quite a few gravestones,i recall they were of nuns,if my memory serves me well.also there is an underground reservoir and wind driven pumping station for the old house.

    By margaret canham (14/02/2017)
  • My gt grandfather Edwin Cole and his wife Mabel ran Tolmers as a post office and tea room during the 1920’s asssisted by their daughters Nora and Gladys. Nora married Alfred Uglow and remained in the village after her parents returned to Hampshire.

    By Valerie King (22/09/2013)
  • Yes, St Dominic’s and the Ponsbourne Hotel are one and the same. St Dominic’s Priory was a Catholic School from the 1930s until the 1960s. The most recent manifestation of the house is from 1876. English Heritage have recently found it to be “routine, not innovative” with an “undistinguished exterior” and its past owners to be “not of outstanding significance”, and have therefore declined to list it. This may seal its fate, as Tesco has now submitted an application to demolish it and replace it with a state of the art training centre. It is said (according to the history published on ponsbournemanor.com – I haven’t verified this) that Thomas Seymour and his bride Katharine Parr (hardly insignificant!) went to live there in 1547.

    By Sheila White (25/03/2012)