History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Bethel Hospital

A Grade II* Listed Building in Norwich, Norfolk

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 52.6281 / 52°37'41"N

Longitude: 1.2895 / 1°17'22"E

OS Eastings: 622721

OS Northings: 308455

OS Grid: TG227084

Mapcode National: GBR W8C.P7

Mapcode Global: WHMTM.S67J

Entry Name: Bethel Hospital

Listing Date: 8 April 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1051362

English Heritage Legacy ID: 228798

Location: Norwich, Norfolk, NR2

County: Norfolk

District: Norwich

Town: Norwich

Electoral Ward/Division: Mancroft

Built-Up Area: Norwich

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Norwich St Peter, Mancroft with St John Maddermarket

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

Find accommodation in

Listing Text

(south side)
22/61 Bethel Hospital
Former Hospital, now Children's Psychiatric Clinic.
Late C17 or early C18, with additions of C18, C19 and early C20.
The 1899 rebuilding and repairs by E. Boardman. Brick and masonry
dressings with plain tile and slate roofs. H-plan with closing
north range and extensive dormitory ranges. The earliest block is
2-storey 'U' plan with north wings and a south facade of 7 irregular
bays. C18 sash windows with glazing bars, flat hood on consoles
with carved ends. Fronting Bethel Street, the north range, parallel
to the original spine, was refaced and widened in 1899,into a
2-storey plus attic storey symmetrical 5-bay block, the ends of
which were returned southwards to meet the north wings which were
heightened to 3 storey. Sash windows throughout with rubbed brick
flat arches. Masonry door surrounds. The central entry has a
shouldered architrave with triangular head and an exaggerated keystone.
Side lights with scrolled consoles beneath a carved oriel window.
First floor Venetian window and second floor double sash window
with apron. Semi-circular gable with masonry coping and quoins and an
ironwork weathervane. Within, an extrance corridor has a coved ceiling
with a blocked door surround and panelling of 1907 and leads to the
original north door with primitive Ionic pilasters supporting a segmental
pediment with a later inner door with semi-circular Gibbs surround.
Cross and axial ground floor ceiling beams with nicked chamfer stops.
Staggered butt purlin collar frame roofs with stopped-chamfer ties.
3 dormers in main spine and one in each of the wings. C19 ridge tiles.
Later south wings effecting H plan. Both are 2-storey plus attic
with arched recess in the gable, lunette with masonry arch and cill
course. The west wing has smaller first-floor lunettes facing into
the gardens Late C19 ground floor sash windows throughout and a
single-storey bay on the west wing only. 4 small dormers on each side
of each wing. The ground floor room in the east wing is decorated with
an early - mid C18 heavy torus plasterwork cornice and a panelled
overmantel with broken pediment above a later shouldered fireplace
surround with female head and hanging cloth carved in stone. The room
is lit by an extremely large sash window in the south gable. Roof
construction allows the tie beams to be lower than the wall plate and
allows greater attic space. Each truss has double butt purlins, collar
and downward raking strut and overlaid common rafters added in C19
contemporary with ridge tiles and gable coping. The two-storey dormitory
cell ranges were added flanking the width of the H plan and following
the later Bethel Street and Little Bethel Street frontages. Sash windows
throughout retaining original small panes. An inscription on the re-
positioned foundation stone reads "This house was built for benefit
of distrest Lunaticks An Dom: 1713.....Foundress was Mary Chapman,
who lived there until her death in 1724."

Listing NGR: TG2272108455

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

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.