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Description: Old Union Poor House (Workhouse)
Date Listed: 20 August 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 137866
OS Grid Reference: SU8608951108
OS Grid Coordinates: 486089, 151108
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2527, -0.7678
Old Union Poor House
Formerly listed as
Union Building under
SU 85 SE 2/42 20.8.79
C1630. Originated as a residence of Sir Richard Tichborne, greatly extended
following its use under the terms of the Poor Law Act of 1834. One of five
buildings within the area purchased by the War Department in 1854, for the
purpose of developing the Camp. Used by the Army 1854-79 as No 2 Station
Hospital, and afterwards as the District Pay Office.
1838-40. Of Jacobean style, the 2 storeyed main front has 3 gables and
single-storeyed wings; 1.3.1 windows. There is an extension to the rear,
finishing with another black at right-angles. Red tile roofing throughout, with
gables. Walling in red brick (English bond) with flush blue bricks in
vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, imitative of half-timbering rather
than of Tudor diapers. On the front, there are mullion and transom windows,
but also some recent insertions of small lights at first floor level. There
is a gabled porch, with an open framed roof resting on a brick wall, with
buttresses; the off-centre placing breaks the symmetry of the fenestration.
There have been later alterations to the buildings at the rear, being extensions
and additional floors; the oldest part of the rear wall is in rubble ironstone,
with red brick buttresses, dressings, and horizontal bands. The end chimneys
are Tudor stacks, diagonal on square bases.
Listing NGR: SU8608751108
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Source: English Heritage
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