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Main Block of St Francis' Hospital

A Grade II Listed Building in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9893 / 50°59'21"N

Longitude: -0.0963 / 0°5'46"W

OS Eastings: 533704

OS Northings: 122825

OS Grid: TQ337228

Mapcode National: GBR KND.SKH

Mapcode Global: FRA B6PH.G9N

Plus Code: 9C2XXWQ3+PF

Entry Name: Main Block of St Francis' Hospital

Listing Date: 11 October 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1025505

English Heritage Legacy ID: 303024

ID on this website: 101025505

Location: Fox Hill, Mid Sussex, RH16

County: West Sussex

District: Mid Sussex

Civil Parish: Haywards Heath

Built-Up Area: Haywards Heath

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Wivelsfield St Peter and St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Main Block of St Francis' Hospital


Hospital, formerly purpose built lunatic asylum. 1859 by H E Kendall junior
in a free Lombardo-Venetian style. Yellow brick with red brick decoration and
slate roofs. Very long complex range of 57 bays, comprising a 7 bay centre
with 2 bay towers flanking it, and wings each of 24 bays including a slim terminal
tower. The centre, and sections of the wings, are crowned by wide gables (the
centre with an oculus), and the red brick cornice like the bands of the same
material, is continuous. Windows are sashes with glazing bars, cambered headed
to ground and third floor, round-headed between. The centre has all round-headed
windows, those to ground floor with mullions and roundels, the towers have blind
arcading above and below heavy cornices and end in pyramidal roofs. The first
floor windows to centre have balconies in stone or cement. To either side of
this block are further wings of 23 bays with simpler details. A single storey
wing projects from the towers at each end. On the entrance facade a hammer-headed
block comes forward with 3 main sections. The central one has round-headed
windows and round-arched decoration. A triple feature encloses the modern glass
doors and a painted carved tympanum. Broad flight of steps to door. Sashes
are generally of two or four panes on this side. Entrance hall has elaborate
fireplace and plasterwork over doors. Built as the Sussex Lunatic Asylum.

Listing NGR: TQ3370422825

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