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Administration Block to St Catherine's Hospital, Doncaster

Description: Administration Block to St Catherine's Hospital

Grade: II
Date Listed: 5 September 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 335106

OS Grid Reference: SE5675600128
OS Grid Coordinates: 456756, 400128
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4948, -1.1459

Location: Alderford Dr, Doncaster DN4 8QN

Locality: Doncaster
County: Doncaster
Country: England
Postcode: DN4 8QN

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Listing Text

SE 50 SE
(east side)
3/107 block to
St Catherine's

GV ll

House, now part of hospital. 1839 by John Clark of Leeds for George Books,
former Mayor of Leeds. Gothick style. Ashlar, except inner coutyard and
rear elevations of gault brick, with stone dressings. Graduated slate roofs
throughout. Square on plan with narrow inner courtyard. Main ranges of two
storeys but rear wing of three storeys with taller three storey tower. Main
facade of 7 bays with deep plinth. End corners and corners to slightly
projecting wide central bay have large octagonal buttresses, rising to form
small turrets with blind traceried panelled sides and embattled tops. Central
bay has large porte-cochere with moulded 4-centred arches to eas side below
return hoodmoulds, stepped buttresses to corners, triangular sectioned over
the first step, rising over the parapets to form gabletted pinnacles with
crocketed gabletted finials, and eaves stringcourse with embattled parapets.
Ribbed plaster vault on foliage corbels within. Three tall 4-centred arched
chamfered openings beneath, central one with C20 door and traceried overlight,
flanking one with original 2-light casement windows with cusped traceried
heads. Three similar windows to either side in similar surrounds with recessed
spandrels and returnedsquare headed hoodmoulds. First floor stringcourse
and 3 flat headed chamfered windows below returned hoodmoulds with C20 casements
to either side of central bay. This has central canted bay with C20 casements
in chamfered surrounds below cornice with frieze of blind quatrefoils. Adjoining
windows to either side, similar to those beyond. Above, the central bay has
a gable with carved coat of arms and central pendent. Eaves stringcourse
and plain coped parapets throughout. Ridge stacks flanking central bay with
reduced octagonal flues. Garden facade to right return has 5 bay elevation
with projecting gabled end bays, projecting square bay to centre and narrow
flanking bays. Left bay has octagonal buttresses similar to main front; to
ground floor a canted bay window with 2-light four-centred arched windows
similar to those to main facade, below a frieze of blind traceried panels,
stringcourse and embattled parapets. Central bay has wide 4-centred arched
opening below returned hoodmould with C20 glazed screen within, side of bay
with blind cusped lancets. To either side full height 4-centred arched windows,
that to right blind. Right bay with projecting bay to ground floor with blind
3-light chamfered mullioned and transomed 4-centred arched window, below returned
hoodmould, stringcourse and blocking course. Continuous first floor string-
course. Blind 3-light mullion and transomed window to right with returned
hoodmould, similar to left with mullions missing and C20 glazing, and 5-light
similar central window flanked by single light similar windows. Left gable
with blank shield, right one with blind 2-light window. Eaves stringcourse
and plain coped parapets throughout. Other elevations in similar style.
Tower to rear with 3-light openings to second and third stages, those to top
stage with 4-centred arched lights. Attached screen wall to left of main
facade has arcade of blind 4-centred arches with returned hoodmoulds and stepped
buttresses between. Gabled bays to centre and left with blocked mullioned
windows. Stables and service wings.attached to rear of this wall not included
in the listing. House has fine contemporary interior. Entrance hall has
ribbed vaulted ceiling on foliage corbels, moulded.4-centred arched doorcases
and side niches with elaborate ogee crocketed canopies and pinnacle buttresses
to sides. Staircase has pierced timber Gothick traceried balustrade with
wreathed and ramped handrail below plaster ceiling. Front rooms all with
elaborate Gothick plaster cornices, 4-centred arched fireplaces with original
embattled grates and cusped blind tracery to shutters and doors. Corridor
behind the main hall with ribbed vaulted ceiling.

Listing NGR: SE5675600128

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Source: English Heritage

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