The Homestead, Barnes

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The Homestead, Barnes, 2014

The Homestead is a house at Church Road, Barnes, London SW13, built in about 1720.[1] The house, and also the wall and railings fronting the road, are Grade II listed.[1][2]

Notable residents[edit]

The Scottish physician, librarian, and medical historian Robert Willis lived and practised there from 1846 until his death in 1878.[3]

Sir Ralph Moor, high commissioner of the British Southern Nigeria Protectorate poisoned himself there in 1909. The coroner's jury determined that "the poison was deliberately taken whilst temporarily insane after suffering acutely from insomnia", having heard evidence that Moor had suffered for the last four years on his return from Africa with malarial and backwater fever that induced insomnia.[4]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "The Homestead (1191889)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "The Homestead Wall and Railings on Road Frontage (1191889)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "People of Mortlake, Barnes and East Sheen: T–Z" (PDF). Barnes and Mortlake History Society. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Hargreaves, John D. (2004). "Moor, Sir Ralph Denham Rayment (1860–1909)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35086.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

External links[edit]

Media related to The Homestead, Barnes at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°28′31″N 0°14′28″W / 51.475155°N 0.241249°W / 51.475155; -0.241249