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Royal Hospital School, Main Range Including Assembly Hall, Dining Room, Gymnasium, Administration an, Holbrook

Description: Royal Hospital School, Main Range Including Assembly Hall, Dining Room, Gymnasium, Administration an

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 January 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 277454

OS Grid Reference: TM1654335227
OS Grid Coordinates: 616543, 235227
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9733, 1.1513

Location: B1080, Holbrook, Suffolk IP9 2RX

Locality: Holbrook
Local Authority: Babergh District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP9 2RX

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Listing Text


2/35 Royal Hospital School,
main range including
16/1/81 Assembly Hall, Dining Room,
Gymnasium, Administration
and Teaching Accommodation

- II*

Main range of school including assembly hall, dining hall, gymnasium, administrative
and teaching accommodation. C1925-33. Buckland and Heywood. Red brick, stone
dressings, rusticated block pilaster strips to quoins. Interlocking roof tiles
of Mediterranean type to hipped roofs. Eaves cornices. Large scale, axial
composition with main view from the Stour estuary, south. Neo-Georgian style with
features in Neo-Wren manner. Mainly 2 storeys, the wings with tall windows to south.
7:20:3:20:7 window range of mainly small paned vertically sliding sashes, each wing
with 3 angled parapeted bays, hipped roofs, architraved central windows, pediments
on console brackets, doorways with double doors below these windows. Inner returns
of wings with tetrastyle entrance portico to dining hall and gymnasium, each with
podia, figured pediments and cupola. Venetian windows to first floor balconies
above open arcades. High central clock tower of 6 stages, after St Vedast, Foster
Lane, City of London, with paired pilasters flanking alcoves with arcaded treatment
in diminishing stages. Giant tetrastyle portico at base, forming main south
entrance, in modified Corinthian style. To north the wings form E-shaped plan with
arcaded courts and tetrastyle porticoed, wings of the courts with open upper loggias.
Giant central portico forming main north entrance. The Royal Hospital School for
the Sons of Seafarers was founded at Greenwich c1712. It moved to this site in
1933 due to the generosity of Gifford Sherman Reade (1846-1929) one time of Holbrook
House who emigrated to New Zealand and who willed money and land in Holbrook and
surrounds to the Royal Navy for services rendered during the 1914-18 war. In a
garden village setting the buildings of the school remain in excellent condition
and unaltered externally excepting new blocks in the front courtyards of the main
range. Staff accommodation houses line Stutton Road and form a semi-circle in front
of the north entrance to the main block qv, 2/42-51. To the south are 10 large
accommodation houses for pupils, unlisted, and to south west Nelson House qv 2/40.
The large chapel is to west of the main range, qv 2/38 and the terrace and parade
ground to south, qv 2/36. Holbrook House and The Infirmary, unlisted, are to north
west. The quality of materials and workmanship to all buildings are of a very high
standard and great attention has been paid to detail. The grounds are landscaped
and well maintained. The spire of the main range is a landmark visible for many

Listing NGR: TM1654335227

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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