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Towers Hospital Blocks 29, 30, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, and 41

A Grade II Listed Building in Leicester, City of Leicester

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Latitude: 52.6497 / 52°38'58"N

Longitude: -1.0909 / 1°5'27"W

OS Eastings: 461601

OS Northings: 306163

OS Grid: SK616061

Mapcode National: GBR FSD.11

Mapcode Global: WHFKH.6NSJ

Entry Name: Towers Hospital Blocks 29, 30, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, and 41

Listing Date: 14 November 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376811

English Heritage Legacy ID: 468940

Location: Leicester, LE5

County: City of Leicester

Electoral Ward/Division: Troon

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Leicester

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Leicester The Presentation of Christ

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

(South West side)

718/15/10052 Towers Hospital,
Blocks 29, 30, 36, 37, 38,
39, 49 and 41


Mental hospital, now disused. 1869-70, by EL Stephens, Borough Surveyor, as the Leicester Borough Asylum. Built by Osborne Bros. Institutional alterations and additions 1960s and 1970s.
Red brick with ashlar dressings to main fronts and blue brick dressings to the remainder. Steep pitched plain tile roofs with decorative ridge tiles and shaped coped gables. Various side wall and ridge stacks. Jacobean Revival style. Single unit, cruciform plan with cross wings. Central range has a projecting centre forming the medical superintendent's house and service rooms, linked by corridor to chapel and staff rooms at the rear. On either side, gallery wards, 2 storeys plus attics. Cross wings of similar wards have projecting end bays containing day rooms. On the outer side of each wing, a square staircase tower topped with an octagonal spire. Centrepiece, 3 storeys, 3 bays, has a projecting tower porch with machiolated eaves. Square leaded dome topped with a wind vane, and flanked by shaped gables each with a roundel. Steps up to a segment arched doorway with clustered columns and overlight. Renewed double doors. Above, a canted oriel window, 2 storeys, with cross-mullioned windows. Above again, 2 narrow lights. Side bays have canted cross-mullioned bay windows, 2 storeys, with balustrades. Above, cross mullioned windows under shaped gables. Ward ranges, 7 bays, have similar cross-mullioned windows. Slightly projecting centre, 3 bays, with shaped gables. Central square bay window, 3 storeys, late C20. Attic windows under half-hipped dormers. End bays have a canted 2 storey bay window, 5 lights. Above, a cross mullioned window under a shaped gable. Window to left is renewed. Returns have similar fenestration, with gabled and half-hipped dormers. Staircase towers, 3 storeys, have 3-light pointed arched windows on the upper floor. Rear elevations have various pointed arched openings, and gabled and half-hipped bays and dormers. Central rear range, including chapel, is double depth, 2 storeys, 5 bays. 3 prominent side wall stacks. Central doorway flanked by 2 windows. Above, five 2-light pointed arched windows to the chapel, with shafts and hood moulds. Double gabled returns have two 4-light pointed arched windows. Interior: entrance corridor has an ashlar dogleg staircase, altered late C20. Chapel corridor has 2 moulded shouldered doorways with hood moulds and foliage roundels. Chapel has a simpler segmental pointed door. Interior has stained glass windows with sill band and hood moulds. Arch braced hammer beam roof on corbels. C19 wooden pulpit, other fittings renewed.

Listing NGR: SK6160106163

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