This is described as being a Convent/Nunnery and I must admit that that I always thought that there was no difference between a convent and a nunnery. Of course I looked it up and got the following information [which did not really help]: "Technically, a "monastery" or "nunnery" is a community of monastics, whereas a "friary" or "convent" is a community of mendicants, and a "canonry" a community of canons regular. In historical usage they are often interchangeable, with "convent" especially likely to be used for a friary."
This house was built for Luke Gardiner with the involvement of Edward Lovett Pearce. The original house was extended to the west c.1755 by Charles Gardiner. The building is reputed to contain one of the street's best eighteenth-century interiors with original joinery and plasterwork ceilings.
Although the house has been heavily remodelled it forms an important part of the evolving nature of the street and contributes to the overall interest and appearance of this early Georgian streetscape. Laid out by Luke Gardiner in the 1720s, Henrietta Street is a short cul-de-sac containing the finest early Georgian houses in the city, and was named after Henrietta Crofts, third wife of Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton and Lord Lieutenant in 1717-21. The street developed in a piecemeal fashion and set the trends of scale and design in domestic architecture.