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Royal Victoria School for the Blind, Newcastle upon Tyne

Description: Royal Victoria School for the Blind

Grade: II
Date Listed: 17 December 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 304401

OS Grid Reference: NZ2125264273
OS Grid Coordinates: 421252, 564273
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9726, -1.6695

Location: B6328, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE15 6RT

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE15 6RT

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Listing Text


11/98 Royal Victoria School for the
Blind. Benwell Dene


House, now school. 1865 by Alfred Waterhouse for Dr. Thomas Hodgkin. Hammer-
dressed snecked sandstone with ashlar plinth and dressings; graduated dark slate
roof with serrated ridge tiles and stone gable copings. Irregular plan. Tudor-
Gothic style. 2 storeys and attics; entrance front of 6 bays, with one at left
and 2 at right gabled and breaking forward to range round courtyard; 2 bays set
back at left, 4 bays extending to right from gabled end of right wing. Extruded
2 storey porch at left of courtyard contains boarded door; loggia, now glazed,
in inner right return, has 2 paired openings, central octagonal columns with
cushion capitals, and low walls except in right entrance bay which has panelled
door with etched glazing under 2-centred arch. Scattered fenestration. 3-light
stone-mullioned-and-transomed stair window at right of central section. All
other windows sashes with flat stone lintels, alternate-block jambs with
shouldered chamfers, and sloping sills. Left projection has rounded ground floor
corners corbelled out to first floor continuous string; above this are 3
elliptical-headed niches containing low-relief coats of arms. Central section
has 3 high-gabled dormers with bargeboards and clove finials. Many ashlar-coped
ridge chimneys with buttresses and square yellow pots. Interior shows geometric-
patterned tiled entrance hall and dog-leg stair with pierced balustrade and grip
handrail. Stair window glass has coats of arms of Middlesex, Newcastle and
Cornwall, initials TH and LAH and date 1865. Gothic cast-iron radiator cover
in hall. Historical note: Hodgkin was a notable local historian. He gave the
house to the Royal Victoria Home in 1894, and at the same time gave its grounds
to the then Urban District of Benwell as a public park. Source: M. Hope Dodds,
Northumberland County History, 1930, p.234.

Listing NGR: NZ2125264273

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Source: English Heritage

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