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Dorchester County Hospital (Main Block Only)

A Grade II Listed Building in Dorchester, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7142 / 50°42'51"N

Longitude: -2.439 / 2°26'20"W

OS Eastings: 369098

OS Northings: 90604

OS Grid: SY690906

Mapcode National: GBR PY.RFG2

Mapcode Global: FRA 57S6.1MC

Entry Name: Dorchester County Hospital (Main Block Only)

Listing Date: 8 May 1975

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1219749

English Heritage Legacy ID: 393669

Location: Dorchester, West Dorset, Dorset, DT1

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Dorchester

Built-Up Area: Dorchester

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Dorchester and West Stafford

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

SOMERLEIGH ROAD
1.
5191
(East Side)
Dorchester County Hospital
(Main block only)
SY 6990 7/287
II
2.
Founded 1838, and designed shortly after. North wing opened May 1841: centre
l846: South wing 1859: chapel 1862. Architect: Benjamin Ferrey.
Portland hammerdressed stone. Ashlar quoins. Pitched tile roofs. Ashlar
chimneys with diagonally placed stacks. Coped stone gable ends with scrolled
and fluted kneelers. 2 storeys and attics. Continuous dripmould above ground
floor. U-shaped main block, with wings projecting west. Main range has 3 projecting
bays, centre one projecting most, and all 3 with gable crowning 3rd storey.
Central projecting bay has modern door in 4 centred arch with moulded jambs
and voussiors: recessed moulded panel at dripstone level bearing armorial coat
and motto in relief: 3-light mullion and transom window with hood mould on 1st
floor and 2-light mullioned window with hoodmould on 2nd floor. 2 other projecting
bays have 4-light mullion and transom windows on ground and 1st floors and 2-light
mullion windows on 2nd floor - hoodmoulds to windows on lst and 2nd floors.
Between projecting bays there are 1 range each of 3-light mullion and transom
windows, and 1 range each of single light windows with transoms. Terminal
wings have (to courtyard) 2 ranges each of 4-light mullion and transom windows.
End elevations masked by modern additions which are not listable.
Chapel, erected as memorial to Arthur Acland Troyte, who had been introduced
to Ferrey by the Williams of Bridehead (Ferrey's original patrons in the Dorchester
area, and the sponsors of the Hospital), had himself become an architect under
Ferrey's guidance, and who had died in 1857.
2 storeys. Stringcourse. Undercroft has blocked pointed arcade. lst floor
has 4 pointed lancets with EE tracery, hoodmoulds and mask label stops, East
end has 3-light window also with EE tracery. Interior plain with contemporary
pews, lectern,altar rail, and gallery. Stained glass in east window. Cornice
decorated with inscription in high relief "Praise the Lord O my soul and forget
not his benefits who forgiveth all thy sin and healeth all thine infirmities."


Listing NGR: SY6909890604

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