The Poor Clare Convent at 13 Hill Lane was founded in 1904 by nuns from Le Puy in France. An existing 18th-century house was converted into the convent house and a new chapel added. The convent buildings were bombed in 1940. Some damage was sustained by the main building (image below), and the chapel received a direct hit and was completely destroyed. The nuns moved out, eventually to found a new convent at Trafalgar Lodge in Shirley Warren. The convent house survived and was later converted into offices. It is now the site of Queens Court Flats.

Poor Clare Convent

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A view of the portico on the west front of the convent, photographed in 1941, after the building had been damaged by bombing.


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