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1-9, Speckled Wood

A Grade II Listed Building in Hastings, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8723 / 50°52'20"N

Longitude: 0.603 / 0°36'10"E

OS Eastings: 583242

OS Northings: 111316

OS Grid: TQ832113

Mapcode National: GBR QYH.97W

Mapcode Global: FRA D64S.QRV

Entry Name: 1-9, Speckled Wood

Listing Date: 14 September 1976

Last Amended: 24 January 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1353165

English Heritage Legacy ID: 293829

Location: Hastings, East Sussex, TN35

County: East Sussex

District: Hastings

Town: Hastings

Electoral Ward/Division: Tressell

Built-Up Area: Hastings

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Ore Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text

14-SEP-76 ORE

(Formerly listed as:
(Formerly listed as:

Part of a workhouse, designed by Sampson Kempthorne in 1835, but working plans probably drawn up by his agent Annesley Voysey. Later converted into a hospital, and 9 residential units in 2010.

MATERIALS: Built of brick in English bond with stucco to the ground floor of the entrance block, slate roofs and sash windows. The original windows were 12-pane sashes but most have been replaced within original openings by sashes with vertical glazing bars or without glazing bars.

EXTERIOR: The former entrance block has a low-pitched hipped roof with wide eaves and an end chimneystack. There are 3 storeys and a 1:3:1 window arrangement, the central three bays project slightly. The windows have flat brick arches and sill bands. The second-floor windows are blind. The ground floor has a wide central doorway with rectangular fanlight and cornice on console brackets. Contemporary three-storey wings are attached to north and west and to the south west is a two-storey range.

HISTORY: Ten 'square' plan workhouses were known to have been designed by Sampson Kempthorne between 1835 and 1837 of which Hastings and Eton followed the model most completely, but Eton is thought to survive only in fragmentary form. Square plan workhouses generally had four ranges arranged as a square, and central ranges arranged in a cruciform plan. The original extent of the 1830s building is shown on the 1872 Ordnance Survey map.

About half of the three-storey cruciform parts survive and less than an eighth of the two-storey square ranges. These comprise the south entrance block, which had a waiting room on the ground floor and a board room above, the south wing which included the boys and girls school, dining room and women's infirmary, the central octagonal structure which had the master's parlour on the ground floor and master's bedroom above, the western wing which comprised the women's day rooms on the ground floor with women's infirmary and bedrooms above, and the south-west two-storey workroom and washing room.

K Morrison, The Workhouse, RCHME publication (1999) pp 60,61,119,136,211,222 and 223.

1-9 Speckled Wood, Hastings, formerly part of an early C19 workhouse, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: the surviving ranges formed part of one of ten square plan workhouses built by Kempthorne, whose square plan model became commonly adopted after 1835 and proved capable of endless variation.
* Architectural interest: although now subdivided, the building retains the austere character of its elevations, which are executed in the simple classical style that was popularly used in workhouses of the period.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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