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Former Carmarthenshire Infirmary

A Grade II Listed Building in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.8587 / 51°51'31"N

Longitude: -4.3006 / 4°18'2"W

OS Eastings: 241668

OS Northings: 220297

OS Grid: SN416202

Mapcode National: GBR DG.T3WW

Mapcode Global: VH3LH.DJTY

Entry Name: Former Carmarthenshire Infirmary

Listing Date: 19 May 1981

Last Amended: 28 November 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9542

Building Class: Health and Welfare

Location: At corner of Priory Street and North Parade

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Carmarthen

Community: Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin)

Community: Carmarthen

Built-Up Area: Carmarthen

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Former Carmarthenshire Infirmary built 1857-8 by William Wesley Jenkins of London, William Lewis builder. The accepted tender was for £3260. Bishop Connop Thirwall laid the foundation stone on 14th May 1857 and it opened on 1st July 1858. Thomas Charles, builder, of Llandeilo, superintended the work. Extensions were added to the rear from 1899 to 1934. Taken over In 1948 by the National Health Service, closed in late C20 and most of the rear additions demolished 2002, pending conversion to flats or offices.


Former hospital, stuccoed with hipped slate roof and 4 rendered chimneys, Italianate style. Two storeys, 7 window front arranged 2-3-2 bays, with moulded eaves cornice. Banded pilasters between sections, with paired brackets in place of capitals. Windows are 12-pane hornless sashes in moulded architraves, but broad central window is altered, originally a larger sash with architrave and flat cornice, now a 5-light sash of 4-8-8-8-4 panes with no architrave. Broad sill band has inscription "Carmarthenshire Infirmary Supported by Voluntary Contributions". Central broad doorway with pedimented surround, of Doric pilasters, frieze and dentilled pediment, with inscription on frieze "Founded 1847". Deeply recessed doors. Inscribed over windows each side is "Built 1858". Ends have 3 first floor windows (centre one blind), then recessed bay linking to similar-sized parallel rear range (illustrated in 1861 view) with hipped slate roof, 3-window ends and 7-window rear, the rear much altered by additions demolished in 2001-2.


In 1981 the front block had a contemporary staircase with continuous handrail and stick balusters, large tripartite sash stair window; some panelled doors, but was otherwise mostly modernised. Inaccessible at time of resurvey.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a purpose-built mid C19 hospital building in Italianate style.

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