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Royal Victoria School for the Blind

A Grade II Listed Building in Benwell and Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Latitude: 54.9726 / 54°58'21"N

Longitude: -1.6695 / 1°40'10"W

OS Eastings: 421252

OS Northings: 564273

OS Grid: NZ212642

Mapcode National: GBR JBSY.B7

Mapcode Global: WHC3Q.B87R

Plus Code: 9C6WX8FJ+35

Entry Name: Royal Victoria School for the Blind

Listing Date: 17 December 1971

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1024958

English Heritage Legacy ID: 304401

ID on this website: 101024958

Location: Old Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE15

County: Newcastle upon Tyne

Electoral Ward/Division: Benwell and Scotswood

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Newcastle upon Tyne

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Benwell and Scotwood Team

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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11/98 Royal Victoria School for the
Blind. Benwell Dene


House, now school. 1865 by Alfred Waterhouse for Dr. Thomas Hodgkin. Hammer-
dressed snecked sandstone with ashlar plinth and dressings; graduated dark slate
roof with serrated ridge tiles and stone gable copings. Irregular plan. Tudor-
Gothic style. 2 storeys and attics; entrance front of 6 bays, with one at left
and 2 at right gabled and breaking forward to range round courtyard; 2 bays set
back at left, 4 bays extending to right from gabled end of right wing. Extruded
2 storey porch at left of courtyard contains boarded door; loggia, now glazed,
in inner right return, has 2 paired openings, central octagonal columns with
cushion capitals, and low walls except in right entrance bay which has panelled
door with etched glazing under 2-centred arch. Scattered fenestration. 3-light
stone-mullioned-and-transomed stair window at right of central section. All
other windows sashes with flat stone lintels, alternate-block jambs with
shouldered chamfers, and sloping sills. Left projection has rounded ground floor
corners corbelled out to first floor continuous string; above this are 3
elliptical-headed niches containing low-relief coats of arms. Central section
has 3 high-gabled dormers with bargeboards and clove finials. Many ashlar-coped
ridge chimneys with buttresses and square yellow pots. Interior shows geometric-
patterned tiled entrance hall and dog-leg stair with pierced balustrade and grip
handrail. Stair window glass has coats of arms of Middlesex, Newcastle and
Cornwall, initials TH and LAH and date 1865. Gothic cast-iron radiator cover
in hall. Historical note: Hodgkin was a notable local historian. He gave the
house to the Royal Victoria Home in 1894, and at the same time gave its grounds
to the then Urban District of Benwell as a public park. Source: M. Hope Dodds,
Northumberland County History, 1930, p.234.

Listing NGR: NZ2125264273

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