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Leigh Court Hospital, Abbots Leigh

Description: Leigh Court Hospital

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 March 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 33407

OS Grid Reference: ST5431674724
OS Grid Coordinates: 354316, 174724
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4696, -2.6591

Locality: Abbots Leigh
County: North Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BS8 3RJ

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Listing Text

4/11 Leigh Court Hospital

G.V. II*

Country house, now a hospital but to be vacated in 1983-84. 1814 by Thomas
Hopper for Philip Miles of Bristol. Ashlar; hipped slate roof; ashlar stacks.
In a severe Greek Revival style. 2 storeys, on a moulded plinth, cellars and
attics. The south-east and north-west elevations are identical. 3:3:3 bays;
the central 3 are slightly advanced with a detached portico of four giant,
unfluted Ionic columns, plain entablature and pediment; glazing bar sash windows
in plain reveals and central glazed doors. The north-east elevation is of 7 bays
with the central bays recessed behind four giant Ionic columns in antis; French
windows on ground floor, glazing bar sash windows on first floor, C20 fire escape
to right; the outer bays have tripartite windows (the outer lights are blank)
recessed in a segmental headed niche. To the south-west are attached service
wings: 2 storeys; 9 bays of glazing bar sash windows; the south-west end is
2:1:2 bays with end Ionic pilasters, the central bay has a segmental headed
window and doorway to a central passageway. The interior is highly elaborate
with very fine quality Grecian-style plasterwork. Entrance hall: the square
room has a central ring of eight marble Ionic columns which support a saucer dome;
decorative anthemion friezes; stone and marble patterned floor. Staircase hall:
long oblong room with two flights of cantilevered stone stairs which rise up
either side and meet on the first floor; elaborate iron balustrades with brass
inlaid handrail; galleries at first floor level with Ionic columns; coved and
coffered ceiling with tinted glazing; decorative anthemion frieze, Vitruvian
scroll to frieze below galleries; at the north-west end is an 1814 organ by Flight
and Robson incorporating a barrel and 2 banks of pipes joined by a frieze, free
Greek Revival details. Panelled doors throughout the building, all with brass
door furniture. Staff dining room (morning room), in east corner: late C19 in
an Adam/Wyatt style with an enriched plaster ceiling a frieze; fireplace with
paired Corinthian columns. Patients sitting room (library): flat coffered
ceilings with highly elaborate frieze and cornice. Tapestry (drawing) room, in
north corner: highly elaborate ceiling with central round panel flanked by
rectangular panels; elaborate gilded plasterwork and highly decorative architraves
to doors and windows. Room on centre of north-west side has a fine geometrical
pattern parquetry floor; decorative ceiling with a large circular centre and much
anthemion; elaborate friezes and architraves; retains original square chandelier
or gasolier of brass with etched glass. School room, in west corner, (dining
room): rectangular ceiling with vine leaves and grapes; figure frieze; large
plain marble fireplace with guilloche moulding, animal heads and claws to piers.
(N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST5431674724

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Source: English Heritage

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