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Christmas Close Hospital

A Grade II Listed Building in Wareham, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6869 / 50°41'12"N

Longitude: -2.1175 / 2°7'2"W

OS Eastings: 391796

OS Northings: 87475

OS Grid: SY917874

Mapcode National: GBR 21G.ZD1

Mapcode Global: FRA 67G8.6WW

Entry Name: Christmas Close Hospital

Listing Date: 8 April 1976

Last Amended: 8 September 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1120028

English Heritage Legacy ID: 107937

Location: Wareham Town, Purbeck, Dorset, BH20

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

Civil Parish: Wareham Town

Built-Up Area: Wareham

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Wareham Lady St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


Christmas Close Hospital
(main block only)
SY 9187 5/129


The entry shall be amended to read:-


5/129 Christmas Close Hospital

- II

Workhouse. 1836, by Carter and Hyde. Colourwashed Flemish bond brick
with hipped Welsh slate roofs and brick stacks. Greek cross plan, with
octagonal centre part and administration block built across southern
arm. 3-storey south front to administration block, with projecting 3-
window bay to centre of 5-window range. Doorcase with moulded
pilasters, carved brackets to flat hood over 2-panel frieze. gauged
brick arches over 6/6-pane sashes, the first floor windows set on plat
band. This block is flanked by 2 and 3-window one-storey wings with
blocked windows. 3-storey 4-window axial rear wing linked to octagonal
tower and flanking 3-storey E and W wings both of which having a half-
hipped 2-storey wing to rear (north): similar fenestration with flat
and segmental arches over 6/6 and 8/8 pane- sashes, except cast-iron
6/6-pane casements to tower and lean-to to left (west) of axial wing
connecting tower to south block. Interior not inspected. The Greek
cross plan is a copy of Samuel Kempthorne's designs which accompanied
the first report of the 'Poor Law Commissioners in 1835.
(RCHM: Dorset, Vol 2, p3).



Christmas Close Hospital
(main block only)
SY 9187 5/129


1836. Carter and Hyde, architects. Built as a workhouse. Colourwashed brick.
Hipped slate roof. Greek cross plan. Front of 3 storeys. Band above ground floor.
5 ranges of sashes with glazing bars, centre 3 breaking forward. Doorcase has moulded
pilasters, cut brackets and 2 sunk panels between brackets. Included for south
front only.

Listing NGR: SY9179687475

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