Description: Main Block of St Francis' Hospital
Date Listed: 11 October 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 303024
OS Grid Reference: TQ3369922839
OS Grid Coordinates: 533699, 122839
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9894, -0.0964
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TQ 32 SW HAYWARDS HEATH COLWELL ROAD
4/113 Main Block of
11.10.85 St Francis'
Hospital, formerly purpose built lunatic asylum. 1859 by H E Kendall junior
in a free Lombardo-Venetian style. Yellow brick with red brick decoration and
slate roofs. Very long complex range of 57 bays, comprising a 7 bay centre
with 2 bay towers flanking it, and wings each of 24 bays including a slim terminal
tower. The centre, and sections of the wings, are crowned by wide gables (the
centre with an oculus), and the red brick cornice like the bands of the same
material, is continuous. Windows are sashes with glazing bars, cambered headed
to ground and third floor, round-headed between. The centre has all round-headed
windows, those to ground floor with mullions and roundels, the towers have blind
arcading above and below heavy cornices and end in pyramidal roofs. The first
floor windows to centre have balconies in stone or cement. To either side of
this block are further wings of 23 bays with simpler details. A single storey
wing projects from the towers at each end. On the entrance facade a hammer-headed
block comes forward with 3 main sections. The central one has round-headed
windows and round-arched decoration. A triple feature encloses the modern glass
doors and a painted carved tympanum. Broad flight of steps to door. Sashes
are generally of two or four panes on this side. Entrance hall has elaborate
fireplace and plasterwork over doors. Built as the Sussex Lunatic Asylum.
Listing NGR: TQ3369922839
Source: English Heritage
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