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Royal National Hospital and Chest Clinic, Bournemouth

Description: Royal National Hospital and Chest Clinic

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 August 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 101842

OS Grid Reference: SZ0830491436
OS Grid Coordinates: 408304, 91436
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7225, -1.8837

Location: Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2 6DJ

Locality: Bournemouth
County: Bournemouth
Country: England
Postcode: BH2 6DJ

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Listing Text

(South Side)
Royal National Hospital and
Chest Clinic
SZ 0891 13/125 1.8.74.


1855, E B Lamb, as Royal National Sanatorium for Diseases of the Chest.
Powerful style typical of Lamb, rustic Italianate with echoes of Vanbrugh. Coursed
Purbeck rubble, stone dressings with strongly marked tooling, sometimes vermiculated.
South front 2 storeys, asymmetrical, with hipped slate roof. Recessed centre,
3 windows wide, with later iron verandahs, between 2-storey canted bay to west
and 2-storey square bay under high chateau roof to east. Windows all have segmental
heads with big keystones and monstrously big bracketed 'shoulder stones', which
sit on vestigial block capitals. Blocky stringcourses at 3 different levels.
Spandrels below sills recessed, with projecting stone panels. Square bay windows
tripartite, with mullions on big bases and plinth, shoulder brackets forming
tulip-shaped capitals. Eaves cornice with big brackets (removed from canted
bay and centre); chimneys of Italianate type, coupled, on high bases, with stepped-out
capping and pyramidal top to stacks. Similar wing to west added 1803, 3 windows
wide. Further western extension circa 1880, said to be by Sir Arthur Blomfield,
with regular segment-headed 1st floor windows (tripartite in projecting end pavilion );
wings to north of 2 storeys and 4 storeys, hipped roofs. Lamb's north front,
much altered and extended, preserves original entrance front, 3 windows wide,
with 4th window bay projecting, same detailing. Projecting kitchen and service
wing of irregular composition: doorway with segmental head (keystone and shoulder
stones) on brackets and chamfered jambs, 1st floor pair of segmental windows
gathered under very wide segmental arch (quasi-lunette).

Listing NGR: SZ0830491436

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Source: English Heritage

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