the bothy story
Terapia embarked on an exciting period of growth and change in 2012, developing the Victorian Grade II listed Bothy, which is located within Stephens House & Gardens, Finchley, into our current home.
Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise scheme and the Elliott David Simmons Charitable Trust enabled us to restore the building and bring it back into use as a centre of excellence for training and psychotherapeutic services.Read more
It also presented an exciting opportunity for Terapia to engage with the local community and enabled people to learn about The Bothy and its history.
The Bothy building was closed for general public access for over twenty years. Prior to that, it was used as a private residence so whilst the majority of local people are aware of its existence, few know of its history or what it looks like inside.
The central foyer of the completed building now houses a permanent interactive exhibition, which includes an interactive touchscreen and multi-sensory interpretation.
We also worked with a passionate group of volunteers who researched the history of The Bothy and recorded oral history interviews with people who have lived, worked or have memories and stories to share. Listen to these interviews here.
About Stephen’s House & Gardens
Henry ‘Inky’ Stephens was born on 2 February 1841, the son of Dr Henry Stephens and his second wife, Anne who was from Redbourn, Hertfordshire. Dr Henry Stephens (1796–1864) was the inventor in 1832 of an indelible “blue-black writing fluid” which was to become famous as Stephens Ink and which established the foundation of a successful worldwide company for over 130 years.
Inky grew up among his father’s work and learnt the business from a young age. Outbuildings at their family home were used by his father as a laboratory for the research and manufacture of ink and wood stains, nurturing Inky’s love for experimentation.Read more
At the age of 23, in 1864, he took over the management of the company upon the sudden death of his father who collapsed and died at Farringdon station.
The Stephens Ink Company was innovative and profitable, and Inky was a very wealthy man. He was popular in Finchley as a businessman, lecturer and philanthropist and was known as the ‘uncrowned king of Finchley’. He was also a politician and sat in the House of Commons from 1887 to 1900 as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Hornsey division of Middlesex, which included Finchley.
Aside from the family business and politics, he was also a chemist and had an interest in agriculture and water management. Inky purchased the land, where Stephens House & Gardens, (formerly known as the Avenue House Estate) now sits, in 1874 and started developing the house and grounds. With the death of Inky in 1918, Stephens House & Gardens was bequeathed to the ‘people’. The Estate had a variety of uses before opening as a public park in 1928.
the bothy project resources
the bothy shop
Terapia is a Registered Charity (Charity Number 1144041) and we’re proud to have our own charity shop situated on 781 High Road, North Finchley, London N12 8JY.
The shop, named ‘The Bothy’, welcomes all donations of items for sale and all visitors are welcome. We also are looking for volunteer shop assistants. Click here for information.
The Bothy Shop opening times
- Monday 9am – 5pm
- Tuesday 9am – 5pm
- Wednesday 9am – 5pm
- Thursday 9am – 5pm
- Friday 9am – 5pm
- Saturday 9am – 5pm
- Sunday 11am – 4pm