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Washington Hall School, Washington

Description: Washington Hall School

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 July 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 303233

OS Grid Reference: NZ3109356360
OS Grid Coordinates: 431093, 556360
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9010, -1.5167

Location: The Avenue, Washington, Sunderland NE38 7LE

Locality: Washington
County: Sunderland
Country: England
Postcode: NE38 7LE

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Listing Text

Washington Hall School


Large house now a residential school. 1854-7 by A.B. Higham of Newcastle,
for Isaac Lowthian Bell, chemical manufacturer. Additions of 1865-7 by
Philip Webb.
Red brick with some diapering of dark headers; ashlar and terracotta quoins
and dressings. Welsh slate roof with fishscale bands, some stone copings and
finials; tall brick chimneys, either corniced or with conjoined round shafts.
Free Tudor style. Complicated plan with long domestic wings. Two storeys
and attics. Main (garden) front of 3 wide bays, the right bay gabled, has
stone mullioned-and-transomed 6-light window at left, and 2 canted bays with
parapets. Hoodmoulds to upper windows; moulded eaves cornice and one gabled
dormer. Left return irregular with big 2-centred arch to recessed porch with
stone benches. Right return similar to garden front but has 4-storey saddle-
back tower, with leaded f1├Ęche, in angle to east wing. In tower, a pinnacled
frontispiece with Tudor-arched doorway. Windows mainly casements. Interior
has some original fittings but has lost the Turkish bath installed by Webb.
Historical note: the birthplace of Gertrude Bell, explorer and Middle Eastern

Listing NGR: NZ3109356360

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Source: English Heritage

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