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Christmas Close Hospital, Wareham Town

Description: Christmas Close Hospital

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 April 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 107937

OS Grid Reference: SY9179687475
OS Grid Coordinates: 391796, 87475
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6869, -2.1175

Location: Streche Road, Worth Matravers, Dorset BH20 4RG

Locality: Wareham Town
Local Authority: Purbeck District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH20 4RG

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Listing Text


Christmas Close Hospital
(main block only)
SY 9187 5/129


The entry shall be amended to read:-


5/129 Christmas Close Hospital

- II

Workhouse. 1836, by Carter and Hyde. Colourwashed Flemish bond brick
with hipped Welsh slate roofs and brick stacks. Greek cross plan, with
octagonal centre part and administration block built across southern
arm. 3-storey south front to administration block, with projecting 3-
window bay to centre of 5-window range. Doorcase with moulded
pilasters, carved brackets to flat hood over 2-panel frieze. gauged
brick arches over 6/6-pane sashes, the first floor windows set on plat
band. This block is flanked by 2 and 3-window one-storey wings with
blocked windows. 3-storey 4-window axial rear wing linked to octagonal
tower and flanking 3-storey E and W wings both of which having a half-
hipped 2-storey wing to rear (north): similar fenestration with flat
and segmental arches over 6/6 and 8/8 pane- sashes, except cast-iron
6/6-pane casements to tower and lean-to to left (west) of axial wing
connecting tower to south block. Interior not inspected. The Greek
cross plan is a copy of Samuel Kempthorne's designs which accompanied
the first report of the 'Poor Law Commissioners in 1835.
(RCHM: Dorset, Vol 2, p3).



Christmas Close Hospital
(main block only)
SY 9187 5/129


1836. Carter and Hyde, architects. Built as a workhouse. Colourwashed brick.
Hipped slate roof. Greek cross plan. Front of 3 storeys. Band above ground floor.
5 ranges of sashes with glazing bars, centre 3 breaking forward. Doorcase has moulded
pilasters, cut brackets and 2 sunk panels between brackets. Included for south
front only.

Listing NGR: SY9179687475

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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