Loveday Abbey Road’s Philanthropic History

Loveday Abbey Road has a rich and philanthropic history. 

The building originates from the 1830s when it was built as a single family dwelling for Alexander Tod, Esquire. After various renovations including the addition of wings, it became Greathed Lodge, named after Mrs Mary Greathed who founded “The Ladies Care Home” for women who were unable to cope with hardships.

In 1897 the property became a care home for “empowered individuals” who had fallen ill and therefore could not perform business deals and keep up with investments. This association was dubbed the “Distressed Gentlefolk Aid Association” which aimed to assist these struggling individuals through small loans and luxury care. Founder, Elizabeth Anne Finn said that even if a distressed individual were to spend their entire week’s allowance on sausages, the association would not deprive them of that luxury.

Elizabeth founded the association with her daughter, Constance. The pair were inspired to begin the home after seeing their powerful friends and family lose standing within society after falling ill. The mother and daughter would speak specifically about one 80-year-old woman who was suffering through cancer while simultaneously attempting to keep hold of her investments. The Distressed Gentlefolk Aid Association ensured elderly and sick individuals held onto their dignity despite their physical or mental state, a mission exceptionally similar to Loveday’s.

Over the years, the property of 41 Abbey Road undertook many different roles, many as care facilities. Unfortunately, when Loveday acquired the building in 2019 it was in a state of ruin and disrepair. After two years of various demolition, construction and renovation works, which saw new wings added and a basement built, 41 Abbey Road has been returned to its former glory and proudly stands as a care home once again, retaining its magnificent original façade and updated with the latest state-of-the-art care technology. Complete with a sensory garden, restaurant, physiotherapy and rehabilitation rooms, an art studio and a private dining room, the 26-bedroom residence is humbled to be offering the same care, respect and dignity of its former history as care homes.

At Loveday, we are passionate about enabling and empowering all of our Members to live a fulfilling life, supporting them to be as independent for as long as possible, whilst ensuring they continue to enjoy all the hobbies and interests they always have. Our team go above and beyond at every level to provide a bespoke programme of activities, care, hospitality and experiences that enrich the lives of everyone we have the pleasure of caring for.

Published: 19th of December 2022 by Loveday & Co

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