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Description: Main Building at St John's Hospital
Date Listed: 23 January 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 192775
OS Grid Reference: SK9822867785
OS Grid Coordinates: 498228, 367785
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1981, -0.5310
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BRACEBRIDGE HEATH off CANWICK AVENUE
SK 9868-9968 (south side)
Main building at
23.1.85 St John's Hospital
County Pauper Lunatic Asylum, now disused. 1849 with additions 1855, 1860,
1880 and 1916. Designed by Hamilton and Holland of Gloucester, carried out
by Hamilton and Percy, Kesteven County Surveyor. Coursed limestone rubble
with ashlar dressing. Slate hipped roof, many stone stacks, some reduced.
Chamfered plinth, first floor band and cill bands. Ashlar quoins. Huge
hospital layout, with 3 storey main block with 2 storey links and extensive
H-plan wings to either side. Main block, north entrance front has slightly
projecting centre and projecting side wings. Projecting single storey
entrance porch with balustrade, central doorway with Doric columns and
pediment, either side pairs of plain sashes, flanked by single stone canted
bay windows with balustrades and 3 plain sashes. Above a central pair of
sashes, flanked by pairs of sashes flanked again by pairs of sashes. Above
similar fenestration with small sashes. Centre topped by a pediment with
behind an octagonal cupola with a bell-canted lead roof. South front has
broad central projection and projecting side wings, each topped by a
pediment. Central doorway has projecting Doric porch with half-columns,
entablature and balustrade. Either side single round headed glazing bar
sashes, flanked by 2 similar sashes, and flanked again by 3 similar sashes.
Above a central tripartite glazing bar sash, flanked by single sashes, all
with bracketed hoods, flanked again by 2 similar sashes then by 3 further
sashes all with hoods. Above similar fenestration with smaller glazing bar
sashes. Central upper floors have tall Doric pilasters. Central octagonal
ashlar cupola with round arches topped by a dome and finial. 2 storey wings
have round headed glazing bar sash with keystones, above plain, or glazing
bar sashes, all with plain ashlar surrounds. Wing junctions marked by tall
square ventilator towers with roll moulded bases 3 round headed arches to
each face, topped by a pyramidal roof, and finial. Wings stretch to length of
780 ft, with square pavilions at corners and round ended central pavilions.
Some C20 alteration to side wings though facades survive very largely intact.
Listing NGR: SK9815267673
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Source: English Heritage
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