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Latitude: 54.901 / 54°54'3"N
Longitude: -1.5167 / 1°30'59"W
OS Eastings: 431093
OS Northings: 556360
OS Grid: NZ310563
Mapcode National: GBR KCVR.FX
Mapcode Global: WHC45.N2ZN
Entry Name: Washington Hall School
Listing Date: 15 July 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1185075
English Heritage Legacy ID: 303233
Location: Sunderland, NE38
Electoral Ward/Division: Washington Central
Built-Up Area: Washington
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear
Church of England Parish: Washington
Church of England Diocese: Durham
NZ35NW WASHINGTON THE AVENUE (east side)
Washington Hall School
Large house now a residential school. 1854-7 by A.B. Higham of Newcastle,
for Isaac Lowthian Bell, chemical manufacturer. Additions of 1865-7 by
Red brick with some diapering of dark headers; ashlar and terracotta quoins
and dressings. Welsh slate roof with fishscale bands, some stone copings and
finials; tall brick chimneys, either corniced or with conjoined round shafts.
Free Tudor style. Complicated plan with long domestic wings. Two storeys
and attics. Main (garden) front of 3 wide bays, the right bay gabled, has
stone mullioned-and-transomed 6-light window at left, and 2 canted bays with
parapets. Hoodmoulds to upper windows; moulded eaves cornice and one gabled
dormer. Left return irregular with big 2-centred arch to recessed porch with
stone benches. Right return similar to garden front but has 4-storey saddle-
back tower, with leaded f1èche, in angle to east wing. In tower, a pinnacled
frontispiece with Tudor-arched doorway. Windows mainly casements. Interior
has some original fittings but has lost the Turkish bath installed by Webb.
Historical note: the birthplace of Gertrude Bell, explorer and Middle Eastern
Listing NGR: NZ3109356360
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