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Washington Hall School

A Grade II Listed Building in Washington, Sunderland

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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

Plus Code: 9C6WWF2M+C8

Entry Name: Washington Hall School

Listing Date: 15 July 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1185075

English Heritage Legacy ID: 303233

Location: Washington Central, Sunderland, NE38

County: Sunderland

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

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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
Philip Webb.
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 f1├Ęche, 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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