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In mediaeval times the site was a part of the endowment of the Priory of St Bartholomew's which operated St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.
Following the dissolution of the monasteries the land was sold in 1543 into private hands.
The modern park includes the Memorial Gardens, a folly known as 'the Temple' (not to be confused with a different folly of the same name within the North London Collegiate School grounds) and an orchard.
The current building on the site housing the North London Collegiate School was built about 1760 by the gentleman cabinet-maker William Hallett.The panels on the ceiling are attributed to Louis Laguerre and show miracles taken mostly from St John’s Gospel.The ceiling above the altar depicts the Adoration of Jehovah.This includes the organ case which is carved with cherubs, pea pods and other typical Grinling Gibbons decorations.The famous composer George Frideric Handel was employed by Brydges in 1717-18 as his composer-in-residence.